'This is a book that is a must-read - for it gives a human face to a complex political problem. It should be read on both sides of the border. For it communicates the voices of all the major communities that constitute the troubled state of Kashmir, a place that has triggered wars and has continued to pay the price for an ostensibly 'limited war' fought on its soil by two neighbours which has crossed all limits. Through the testimonies of ordinary and extraordinary women, it brings forth the complexities of a situation where the question of what is right and what is wrong is not as simple as leaders on both sides would have us believe' - Kalpana Sharma, The Hindu 'This is a book which needs to be read for its honest endeavour to capture the voices, the images, the very spirit, sometimes crushed, sometimes indomitable, of the women of the region called Kashmir' - Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, The Hindustan Times 'This collection...presents a terrible testimony of the way the army, police and the militants have treated human beings...Leave no page unturned, no essay or sentence unread. Each word wounds, each story hurts, each incident of rape and molestation angers' - Sanjoy Hazarika, Outlook 'Eighteen writers have pooled together their accounts based on personal experiences, interviews and reports in this book, which makes poignant reading. One has to brace oneself to plough through the stories of brutality, tyranny and misery that fill the 315 pages of Speaking Peace, which leaves the most hardened of readers feeling the anguish of the women of Kashmir... It is plain that the miseries of Kashmir will end only when the violence ceases. Butalia has done well to bring together this book which will hopefully draw the attention of policymakers in New Delhi as well as in Islamabad to the human dimension of this conflict in which they are embroiled' - Zubeida Mustafa, Dawn, Pakistan
About the Author
Urvashi Butalia is a publisher, writer and activist.