Flaming Forest, Wounded Valley: Stories From Bastar and Kashmir


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Author: Freny Manecksha

9789354472510 | PB | pp. 312 | 2022 | Speaking Tiger

Flaming Forest, Wounded Valley by Freny Manecksha gathers stories from the highly militarized regions of Bastar and Kashmir, and the impact on communities.

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9789354472510 | Paperback | 312 | 2022 | Speaking Tiger

Flaming Forest, Wounded Valley by Freny Manecksha gathers stories from the highly militarized regions of Bastar and Kashmir, and the impact on communities.

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What happened when a siege was laid in Kashmir? Coils of razor wire were unrolled, creating martial units to be manned by security forces, and mobile phones and the internet were cut off. How did communities withstand the months and months of shutdown? What happened when a beautiful and vast meadow where pastoral communities have taken their animals to graze for centuries, was leased out as an artillery firing ground? People lost their limbs, even their lives and watched in horror as a flock of sheep got blown up. Children cowered in classrooms as guns boomed and shells exploded in a firing exercise. How did people reclaim this ground?

How were Adivasis impacted when they were forced to leave the forest and ordered by the Chhattisgarh government to live in makeshift camps by the roadside or else be outlawed? Villages emptied out and there was massive displacement with the Salwa Judum unleashing unimaginable terror and violence on those who resisted. Sarkeguda was one such village but its inhabitants came back later to begin life afresh. How did the villagers react when seventeen of their people were killed one night in a field, under the open skies?

How did they successfully contest the official story of it being a gunfight against Maoists? By spirited protests and confidently affirming their truth in court.

Through stories of resilience, the book celebrates the idea that heroic deeds are performed by ordinary people.


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About the Author

The author is an independent journalist from Mumbai who began her journalism career working with the tabloid Blitz. She has also worked with The Times of India, Mid-Day and Indian Express. She left mainstream journalism after some 20-odd years to pursue her areas of interest which include development, gender and human rights. Travelling through the hinterlands of India including Uttar Pradesh, Marathwada, Bundelkhand and Odisha, she became interested in people’s struggles. For the past eleven years, she has travelled and written extensively from Kashmir and Chhattisgarh and has been published in Himal South Asian, The Wire, Raiot and PARI. She is the author of Behold, I Shine Narratives of Kashmir’s Women and Children.


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