Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Jammu & Kashmir conflict: A mother abscess: Victimised mothers in the novels ‘‘The Half Mother by Shahnaz Bashir and Red Maize’’ by Danesh Rana: A comparative analysis
Author(s): Mohd. Nageen Rather
Abstract: The violence that has marred Jammu &Kashmir, particularly since the onset of the armed insurgency and counter-insurgency in 1989, has become the theme of many contemporary fictional and other narratives. Writers from J&K and writers who spent some time in the vale too have begun to paint the conflict in which the people have been engulfed since long in a variety of literary narratives like poetry, novels, and shorts stories. These literary narratives struggle to give expression to the effects of the conflict on an individual and masses. People shattered by the violence and suffering live a very torturous life. Though being a mother is not a problem for a mother but being in a problem is a mother problem for any nation. They are never found unhurt, spared whenever the conflict shows its bare cruel fangs. In J&K though they are not the only, but are the most victimized by the conflict. Their sufferings fill voluminous portion in the conflict literary narratives as they are always hit directly or indirectly, physically or emotionally by the prevalent violence in J&K. The present paper attempts to bring out how the mothers are the most hit community in J&K whether they lose their husband or their son or daughter. The paper also deliberates on how two mothers suffer losses in the conflict and how their lives are completely ruined.