Author: Rajan Nakhasi
Date of Launch: 20 February 2021.
Time of Launch: 3.00 pm
Place of Launch: “Samavar”
B- 36, Pamposh Enclave
Greater Kailash – I, New Delhi.
Publisher: Verily Publishers LLP, New Delhi
Chief Guest: Dr. Bulbul Dhar
PhD (Political Science), London University
Professor, Jamia Milia University.
Guest of honour: Dr. Upinder Zutshi (PhD, Political Science)
Col. NB Vishen
It was a grand event and was successfully managed.
Addressing the huge gathering Rajan Nakhasi said:
This is a Golden and historic moment for me as I can feel the love for me from everyone present. Your presence is an encouragement for me. I thank all of you from the core of my heart for the overwhelming response and showing your concern. While comparing the ongoing pandemic with the curfew days in early 90”, the thought of “LIFE BEYOND THE BLACK NIGHT” struck my mind. I thought to pen down my incidental experiences while in Kashmir during the effected time especially in January 1990 and thereafter. It wasn’t easy to sit for hours together and write and even it wasn’t easy to remember every incident of the past but I kept going. I am thankful to every such person who played a role in helping me during the course of time especially my sister Brij Kishori, Dr. Upinder Zutshi and Tamanna Pandita. I thank my family for tolerating my swirls at times. Thank you so much one and all.
Life was smooth, comfortable and happy with family and friends in Rainawari till the day of 19th January 1990. Whole Kashmir witnessed the scary and fearful night. The dead dark around us in the coldest night was the first Black Night of my life. And the rest follows in the book. There is life beyond that black night and I have tried to portray the most. I have tried to express those incidents which I came across and experienced. My heart bleeds for everyone who suffered because of the black night irrespective of religion, caste and creed. My heart bleeds for my elders who unfortunately and unnecessarily suffered for no fault. My heart bleeds for all those who were targeted. I can’t provide a solution to the sufferings but I have only expressed my perception in the book. I have not written in terms of an either – or account that academicians generally tend to give. Nor have I tried to be politically correct. This is not only my book or my emotional outburst but this is everyone’s story.
The younger generation who were born outside Kashmir have almost no idea about culture, rituals and others things. I want them to read the book to know. Let us all pray for the peace, prosperity and good times to prevail…. Tatha Asthu. Speaking on the occasion Chief Guest Dr. Bulbul Dhar praised the contents of the book and the dedication and honesty of the author for putting in impartial contents. Col. Vishen got emotional while speaking on the occasion. The excerpts from the chapters of the book which he had read got him emotional and he requested everyone present to read the book.
The book was officially thrown open to the public.