Paradise on Fire: Syed Ali Geelani and the Struggle for Freedom in Kashmir
A passionate and committed account of Kashmir’s struggle for freedom over the last 65 years, and a close-up and personal study of its leading figure, Syed Ali Geelani, which gets behind the stereotype of Indian Muslims as terrorists.
With a foreword by the human rights activist, Lauren Booth.
An ignored but serious global flashpoint, Kashmir is at the root of tensions between India and Pakistan, the two nuclear states of South Asia, who have fought three wars over it. The heart of the problem is the right of self-determination of Kashmir’s fifteen million people, a right denied to them since 1947. Since 1989, 90,000 people have been killed, over 100,000 have been injured, and over 10,000 are missing, and mass graves continue to be unearthed.
Paradise on Fire is the story of the struggle for national liberation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, spearheaded by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. This political biography of Kashmir’s leading freedom fighter reveals the true horror of the Kashmir dispute, the dynamics of this historical struggle for self-determination, and Geelani’s huge contribution in leading this search for liberation.