Identity Crisis among Kashmiri Pandits: A Study of Rahul Panditaâ€™s Our Moon Has Blood Clots
Kashmir, one of the most beautiful places on earth has become the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. The outbreak of armed insurgency in 1990â€™s shook the foundations of intercommunity relations. The Hindu minorities better known as Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes and live horribly in migration camps accompanied by depression and trauma. The community has been socially and culturally deprived of their glorious past as portrayed in the memoir Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita. Their hope for a new lease of life amidst the tensions of a hidden hatred annihilates their identity. There it becomes necessary for them to search for their identity and existence in that alien land. The present paper attempts to focus on the identity crisis faced by Kashmiri Pandits and cultural changes that are brought about by their forced migration. The immigrants suffer from the pain of being parted away from their homes and begin to experience dislocation and loneliness due to the unacceptance of host society soon after settling in alien lands. The community that is dislocated from its place of root and ethnic culture encounters an unending flow of harrowing experiences of non belonging and alienation in the places where they struggle to establish themselves. The crisis of this displaced community is whether they can position themselves in that â€˜alienâ€™ place and share the pride of being an enthusiastic citizen. The members of the community become â€˜hybridâ€™ individuals due to various transformations they undergo while their identity remains confuted and questioned by the ambivalent nature of their continuation. There it becomes necessary for them to search for their identity and existence in that alien land.