Rajat Mitra's 'the infidel next door': swimming against the tide of prevalent discourse

Batra, Jagdish (2018) Rajat Mitra's 'the infidel next door': swimming against the tide of prevalent discourse. The Atlantic Critical Review, 17 (4). pp. 79-93. ISSN 0972-6373

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Terrorism has rightly come to occupy the centrestage in contemporary world. India, located in the immediate neighbourhood of Pakistan, the hotbed of global terrorism, has been at the receiving end since the 1980s. A hitherto hidden aspect of militancy in Kashmir is the terrorizing and consequent migration of thousands of Hindu Pandit families who are till this day leading life as refugees in their own country. Surprisingly, no state or central government has taken effective measures to re-settle them. While many books talk about the human rights of Muslims, it goes to the credit of Rajat Mitra, whose novel The Infidel Next Door takes up the sorry plight of the Kashmiri Pandit community. The novel, a beautiful literary work with all the adornments of a literary piece, is a realistic study of the conditions which were responsible for the exile of Kashmiri Pandits. Its protagonist, a Gandhian figure, fights the jehadis in his own idealistic manner and even though the end is not in sight, hope springs eternal in human heart.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Terrorism | Kashmir | India-Pakistan relations | Gandhian philosophy | Kashmiri Pandits
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
JGU School/Centre: Office of English & Foreign Languages
Depositing User: Arjun Dinesh
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 10:04
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 10:04
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/2512


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