Red Jihad book reading cum meet the author event at Jamia
OT, November 1, 2012 14:52 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
The English Literary Association is organizing a book reading cum meet the author programme on November 9 at about 2.30 PM in the Seminar Hall of the English department, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) whereby Sami Ahmad Khan will read from his book Red Jihad.
He will discuss not only the book (fiction) and related political matters, but also the process of writing, the ways of getting published, and on writing popular fiction.
Published by Rupa, the book deals with a Maoist-Mujahideen nexus to destabilize a secular, democratic South Asia.
Sami Ahmad Khan, who read literature at Hindu College and Rajdhani College, University of Delhi, wrote: “2014 AD: Pakistan has transitioned into a full-fledged democracy and is reconciling with India. However, there are forces working against this fragile peace. A Pakistani jihadi leader, Yaseer Basheer, travels to the Red Corridor and enlists the support of an Indian Naxalite commander, Agyaat. Their plan: to unleash Pralay, India's experimental intercontinental ballistic missile, on the subcontinent.
“As the missile changes course en route, it hits Pakistan and causes collateral damage. In response, Pakistan unleashes war on India. The battle for South Asia turns murkier as an Indo-Pak war threatens to embroil many other countries in the endgame. Have India and Pakistan sparked off the mother of all wars?”
A gripping thriller, Red Jihad explores probably the most feared nexus – between the Jihadis and the Naxalites.
Khan has completed his master’s in English at Jawaharlal Nehru University. In 2011-12, he was awarded a Fulbright grant at the University of Iowa, USA. He has engaged in film production, teaching, theatre and writing.
His short stories, plays and articles have been published in magazines and academic journals. Currently, he is a Doctoral Candidate at JNU, where he is working on Science Fiction and Techno-culture Studies.
Some reviews of his book:
...A Good Read... - The Tribune
Recommended... - The Telegraph
Engrossing read... Forces the reader to put on his/her thinking cap to crystal gaze the future of India-Pak relations... - Policy Research
A grasping thriller... - BlogAdda
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