Book Review: The Girl from Kathua: A Sacrificial Victim of Ghazwa-e-Hind by Madhu Purnima Kishwar

Verdict: Must-read, if you are interested in saving Hindu civilization.

Reviewed by: Amit Agarwal

Pages: 682, MRP: Rs 799, Publisher: Garuda Prakashan

The book pertains to a sensational crime in 2018 that shook India. An eight-year-old girl was kidnapped on January 10, 2018, gang-raped and murdered after being sedated for four days in a small village temple near Jammu. On June 10, 2019, a special court sentenced three people to life imprisonment “till last breath,” while three others were handed down five years in jail and a Rs 50,000 fine each. One juvenile was also convicted. The Hindu community has been demonized in the process, which panned out for months. 

The book, “The Girl from Kathua: A Sacrificial Victim of Ghazwa-e-Hind” by Madhu Purnima Kishwar, claims to expose an underlying evil misinformation campaign and a sinister jihadi plot to persecute Hindus and change the religious demography of Jammu. 

The book, a first on the case, investigates the case, starting from April 2018, wherein she found the “bizarre, absurd charge sheet full of gaping holes,” alleging that the police tortured hundreds of innocents into giving false testimonies. It took almost five years for the author to complete, amply showing the painstaking laborious research and, in the instant case, a hazardous one too. It relentlessly investigates the absurdities in the case and finds utmost callousness and even collusion among the powers that be. It went on to show how Mehbooba Mufti, often taking a cue from ISI, shepherded the narrative and saw to it that Hindus and India were vilified. 

As Volume 2 of the book will likely be launched later in the year, the public will become more abreast of the case. There is a lot to learn from the book, especially about the looming civilizational crisis. Though the book deals with a particular incident, it holds true for larger Hindu interests. Hundreds of Hindu girls are routinely raped and murdered by Muslims every year all over the country, however, they barely make it to the front pages of the newspapers. 

When I first heard about the case in 2018, there was a sense of disbelief in me. Firstly, Hindus are not known to deploy gang rape as a well-thought tool and that too in a temple. Secondly, gang rape was always used as a state policy to subjugate kafirs in the past 1300 years. Their mentality has not changed and it is still used, without fail, all over the Muslim world. However, let’s not talk about the feelings here. 

The foremost lesson from the case and the book is how Muslims, not only in India but all over the world, become one to keep pagan Hindus under their boot. In their quest, Christians and secular Hindus give them full power, often without getting anything in return. The desert community’s sense of commitment is so strong that courts, police and even Sanatani politicians become acquiescent in their mission. I wish Hindus could imbibe even 1% of that commitment. On the contrary, most Hindus are infected with the Sulemani keeda in the propensity to capture high moral ground and to always look good in others’ eyes, even if it results in their genocide. 

Secondly, the demography of hitherto virgin regions is being changed rapidly. After ejecting all Hindus from the valley, they want the Hindus of Jammu to relocate elsewhere in India. After Jammu, it will be the turn of Ladakh. And so on. Till Hindus have no other option but to jump into the Arabian Sea or the Bay of Bengal. States like Uttarakhand, the Dev Bhumi, Jammu and Himachal Pradesh are suddenly swarming with Rohingyas and other illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who have only one motive: Ghazwa-e-Hind, by hook or by crook. In this endeavour, they are well-funded by ISI and George Soros’s cabal.

Thirdly, Hindus are always on the losing side of information war. It doesn’t matter that all the CEOs of top companies in India and the US are Hindus. Despite writing codes for all the programs that run social media, Hindus cannot learn even the basics of new-age warfare. Earlier, we used to lose battles in the fields and now we are losing in cyberspace. The reasons remain the same. The first-mover (invader) in the war will always hold an advantage as he chooses the time and space of his convenience. The defendant can only react. That’s why 95% of all invasions in known history worldwide resulted in victory. The only way to counter such a narrative is to set it ourselves. Make those gangs scramble to react. The more you hear the word ‘Islamophobia,’ the more you do it right. Their only comeback words are: hate and Islamophobia. One glaring example wherein we did right: 

This is the way a proactive narrative has to be channelised. Herein Rana Ayyub is only reacting to the narrative which has already been set.

Another subtle subtext from the book is that Hindus excel in conflict avoidance. From their childhood, they had been taught to avoid conflicts, even at the cost of self-respect. This parochial worldview had turned them into a soft community whom Muslims derisively call a lazy and effeminate race. Here, I concur with them. In totality, Hindus are in a severely disadvantageous position right now, despite being in the 75% majority. Nowhere else in the world majority is at the mercy of the minority. 

It also brings forth the rampant wokeness and corruption among the judiciary in India. It has willy-nilly assumed the role of protector of every Muslim criminal and terrorist and consequently, most of the judgements go against the Hindus. Behind this mentality, two factors work: One, attendant shame of their own culture, which they think did nothing worthwhile in the past; two, impending praise from foreign countries, especially the Western ones. Way back in 2016, one of my Muslim colleagues remarked that only Supreme Court could save us. At that time, I thought that the “us” he was talking about was middle-class people. Only after a few months could I realize he was talking about Muslims.

The list of the people, appended at the end of the book, who have helped Islamists in this macabre endeavour certainly takes the breath away. Right from the Governor to the PMO office to the police officers to the judges, most of them are Hindus. Some are even staunch Sanatani and still helped willy-nilly build and propagate the nefarious narrative, not necessarily for some returns. The reasons for that have to be found urgently. In the garb of debilitating secularism, why do they become sitting ducks? The book also asks why Hindus are so eager to be co-conspirators with the Islamists who are hell-bent on destroying the country by implementing Ghazwa-e-Hind? 

The civilisational crisis that Hindus constantly face is aptly summed up in the last chapter, ‘Tragic Consequences of Hindu Dhimmitude.’ It raises several pertinent questions for which answers have to be found by the leadership. The government has to realise that it got power not only for development but for correcting civilisational distortions also. 

The language throughout the book is simple, fact-based, and never bordering on jingoism. The research has been backed up by a lot of screenshots, maps and tables for easy understanding. The book is hard-bound with excellent paper quality, which makes it eminently readable. The book can make someone’s blood boil if his/her blood flows in the right direction.

The only weakness I could find is its weight of more than a kilogram. A tome of 642 pages with a price tag of Rs 799 (Rs 649 after discount) will keep it out of the reach of the general public, who, in fact, need to know most about the truth of the case. The font size is a little large, and with a reduction of 0.5 with a bit of editing, around 100 pages could be slashed, and the book would become more market-friendly. 

The ball is now on the side of the courts and politicians, who must take note of the meticulous research and ponder over the human rights of those seven people who are rotting away in jails for no fault. 

Till then, Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb zindabad.

Reviewer is the author of the history books, Swift Horses Sharp Swords & A Never-Ending Conflict. 

Disclaimer: The book was sent to me by its publisher, Garuda Prakashan, as a review copy a week back and probably, I am the first one to complete the tome, cover to cover. 


Amit Agarwal