NEW DELHI, Oct 9 : In a rare ceremony of its kind, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today released a book on Article 370 written by Ayanna Kohli, a 14 year old school girl from N.C.R. Delhi.
The girl’s father, an Army officer, said that they were keen that the book should be released by Dr Jitendra Singh, not only because the Minister is from Jammu & Kashmir, but more so because he is someone who has extensively worked and written on the subject of Article 370 for the last several years.
Titled “In The Times of Article 370”, the book published by Notion Publishers, Chennai, tries to narrate the truth of terrorism as seen by a child whose father was constantly posted in anti-terrorist operations in Kashmir, and while doing so, she spontaneously drives home the conclusion that revocation of Article 370 was the basic remedy to all this. The book also offers an account of the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers in the service of Kashmir and seeks to draw the inference that it was necessary to revoke Article 370 in order to bring lasting peace in Kashmir.
Complementing young Ayanna for her precocious feat, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the book is an illustrious documentation of how even a child, though not having been born or brought up in Jammu & Kashmir, had gone through a burdensome childhood because her father, an Army officer was constantly posted on duty to save Kashmir from the designs of Pak sponsored terrorism.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, while going through the book, which can be also be described as a history based fiction written in the background of contemporary Kashmir scenario, he could visualize how much of churning and deep pain must have gone through the innocent mind of this young child, who then found an outlet in writing. He said, she must have written through her unbiased conscience, introspecting on the genesis of Kashmir terrorism, the hardships of the Indian Army soldiers posted there and finally must have drawn the conclusion through her innocent mind about what could be the one basic remedy to get out of all this.
Ayanna’s book must be read by every Indian, particularly aspiring and serving soldiers, journalists and the budding citizens of tomorrow’s India, which will be free from Article 370, he added.