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Speaking Peace: Women's Voices from Kashmir Paperback – September 21, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1842772096 ISBN-10: 1842772090

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (September 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842772090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842772096
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,514,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


'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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
First off, I declare an interest (I known Urvashi). But I'm reviewing Speaking Peace because it's a really good book.
It's a real contribution to Kashmir studies, and a novel one. Speaking Peace: Women's Voices from Kashmir, along with Sudha Koul's The Tiger Ladies, is one of the few books that offer female perspectives of Kashmir. And it's revealing. You discover the view of Kashmir in the early 1990s from women who were there (and some who left). There's a fascinating account of 1947 by one of the contributors.
I recommend this book - and hope it makes its way onto reading lists for courses that cover Kashmir. And hopefully it will provoke some of the contributors to consider publishing book-length works of their own.
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