Island of Blood

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In this distillation of frontline experiences and cultural insights, Anita Pratap, one of the finest journalists India has ever produced, faithfully reports on the consequences of war, ethnic conflict, earthquakes, cyclones, prejudices, and the mindless hatred and fear that has hurt so much of the world. Wherever there was a story to be told-from her native India to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka-Pratap braved the odds to send in reports from the front, managing to track down elusive stories and make headlines. With ...

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Overview

In this distillation of frontline experiences and cultural insights, Anita Pratap, one of the finest journalists India has ever produced, faithfully reports on the consequences of war, ethnic conflict, earthquakes, cyclones, prejudices, and the mindless hatred and fear that has hurt so much of the world. Wherever there was a story to be told-from her native India to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka-Pratap braved the odds to send in reports from the front, managing to track down elusive stories and make headlines. With determined diligence she exposed the terrors inside such frightening regimes as the Taliban, returning home each time with a renewed determination to appreciate and celebrate the ordinary.

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"Anita Pratap's account is a splendid one." (The Telegraph)

"Island of Blood deals with some of the most important events of our time." (India Today)

The Washington Post
… Pratap's vivid and wrenching reporting on the country's troubles justly take up more than half of the material collected in "Island of Blood." Pratap has obvious sympathy for Prabhakaran and the Tamil rebels, even as she's able to report unflinchingly on their brutal terrorist tactics and political miscalculations. Most of all, she powerfully evokes the senselessness of so much political violence in an undeveloped and desperately poor Sri Lankan society. &#k151; Chris Lehmann
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142003664
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/12/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Pratap has worked for leading Indian and American newspapers and magazines including India Today and Time. She was the New Delhi Bureau Chief for CNN and has won several prestigious international awards for her work.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Author's Note
Sri Lanka: A Ravaged Nation
Mothers and Sons 3
Destiny 50
From Thambi to Annai 66
Island of Blood 105
Fighting to Walk Away 129
Afghanistan: The Doomed Land
A Nation of Rebels 145
On Another Planet 172
Ayodhya: Cycle of Revenge
Attack! In the Name of the Lord 181
The Survivors: The Human Face of Tragedy
Silence of the Birds 205
In the Veils of Sorrow 233
Suffer, Little Children 258
Epilogue 273
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