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Title: Rajat Mitra's 'The Infidel Next Door': Swimming Against the Tide of Prevalent Discourse
Authors: Batra, Jagdish
Keywords: Terrorism
India-Pakistan relations
Gandhian philosophy
Kashmiri Pandits
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Publisher: The Atlantic Critical Review
Citation: Batra, Jagidsh. (2018) Rajat Mitra's 'The Infidel Next Door': swimming against the Tide of prevalent discourse. The Atlantic Critical Review. 17 (4). p. 79-93.
Abstract: 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.
ISSN: 0972-6373
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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