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Overview: Red Jihad: Battle for South Asia

The 'Red Jihad: Battle for South Asia' is a political thriller that explores the ever increasing tensions and issues between the jihadis and naxals. The story of the novel is set in 2014 where Pakistan has become a full-fledged democratic country. First published in 2012 and written by Sami Ahmad Khan, the novel has won the 2013 'Excellence in Youth Fiction Writing' at Delhi World Book Fair, and the runner-up at Muse India Young Writer Award at the Hyderabad Literary Festival in 2013. The book has been written with a gripping story confronting the subjects of various political scenarios all across the world, including Kashmir, Afghanistan, Indo-Pak relationship and the US presence in South Asia.

The Plot Of The Book

This fiction thriller starts with Pakistan transitioning into a full-fledged democratic country. The nation is now reconciling with India leading to a peaceful merger. However, some external forces are working against this peaceful union. Yaseer Basheer, a Pakistani jihadi leader, joins hands with an Indian Naxalite commander, Agyaat, to unleash India's experimental ballistic missile, Pralay, on India itself. As per their plan, they are successful in unleashing the missile, but it changes its route and hits Pakistan instead of India. This leads to another declaration of war between India and Pakistan, and it further encompasses various other countries as their allies. The involvement of other super powers gives rise to another disastrous Indo-Pak war. The book is fast-past, filled with thrilling political plots and engaging story. It is a must-read for any lover of war-novels and especially for all Indians and Pakistanis.

About The Author

Sami Ahmad Khan graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in Literature and completed a master's degree in the same at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also a Ph. D holder with a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Iowa. He has been involved in film production, theatre, teaching and writing. 'Red Jihad' is his first novel but he has also authored some short stories, plays and a few articles for magazines and academic journals. You can order online for the paperback edition of the book published by Rupa Publications with the ISBN-10 number of 8129119870 and the ISBN-13 number of 9788129119872.

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A political thriller that explores the ever increasing tension and issues between the jihadis and naxals

Set in 2014 where Pakistan has become a full-fledged democratic country

Winner of 2013 'Excellence in Youth Fiction Writing

Pakistan reconciling to India

A must-read for any lover of war-novels and especially for all Indians and Pakistanis

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Language English
Publication Date June 7, 2012
Publisher Rupa Publications
Contributor(s) Sami Ahmad Khan
Binding Paperback
Edition 2012
Page Count 266
ISBN 10 8129119870
ISBN 13 9788129119872
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 13 cm x 1.7 cm x 19.7 cm
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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     Indo-Pak war zone with Naxalite touch 31 August, 2013 On
    This is yet another novel based on the India-Pakistan political tension; the difference is the inclusion of Naxalites and the backdrop of the Red Corridor. Red Jihad by Sami Ahmad Khan was a truly enjoyable read with elements of internation espinage and war in the Indo-Pak setting.

    I liked Sami's writing style; reminded me of Ludlum. I am not good at analysis of writing styles but found it similar to Ludlum in many ways … introduction of events as well as characters, usage of temporary characters to describe an event (temporary because these characters eventually die within 2-3 pages of their introduction in the event which is often an armed disaster!!

    The story has a constant chain of events which keep you on the proverbial 'edge of the seat' and makes you want to read 'just a few pages more' even when you are way past your bed time and are already feeling drowsy. I have myself spent a few extra minutes at the train station to read through and complete the chapter I was reading during my daily commute.

    Sami introduces a nice set of key characters and it is nice to keep discovering different facets of their personalities as the story progresses. A very interesting instrument that Sami uses is the way he begins a chapter which describes an event in action. He doesn't tell you upfront what is happening. Every sentence you read, gives you a perspective of the events happening and you keep wondering what exactly is happening out there. It made for a very interesting read.

    The plot itself unfolds over the span of the novel and you are often wondering what the 'plan' is (and so are the characters in the novel). A lot of agencies are mentioned (real/fictional) and too many acronyms are floating around in the book. A Ludlum novel has fewer acronyms thrown around.

    The novel has an armed take-over of a remote 'secret' military base and the subsequent events lead India and Pakistan to war. Yes, an all-out Indo-Pak war is a part of the story and since both are nuclear nations … you know where an Indo-Pak war would lead to. At some point in the story, the war does come to an end (after much human and machine casualties) but that is not the end of the story. The story goes on and there are interesting revelations.

    I liked the way Sami has woven the story with India-Pak-China-US relationships as well as the inner non-state players like Naxalites and terrorist groups from Pak-Afghanistan region. He ties them all pretty well.

    Also, the fact that the story is set in 2014 makes it very real for the reader. Its not a distant future one is talking about ... 2014 is just a couple of months away; and this alone makes one wonder if the events in the novel could very well be real in near future.

    Sami has managed to keep the reader on the edge of the seat all through the novel without letting you relax. He has a very interesting writing style which he uses to weaves the story in a very interesting manner. I would love to read more of his works.
    I would easily recommend this one to anyone who is interested in Ludlum like work.
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