Freny Manecksha is an independent journalist from Mumbai, India. She is interested in human rights and gender based issues. Her first book 'Behold, I Shine: Narratives of Kashmir's Women and Children' was published by Rupa Publications in 2017.
Journalist and author Freny Manecksha revisits 'the longest day in the history of Kashmiri activism' by sifting through Aasiya Jeelani's notebook and bringing out the memories of the day through people she left behind.
In this interview with author and journalist Freny Manecksha, the novelist Sujatha Gidla talks about the persistence of caste in India and its violent manifestations, her book and her experiences of caste while growing up in India.
The excerpt from Freny Manecksha’s book Behold I Shine breaks silence on rape of Gujjar women at the hands of Indian armed forces and how similar patterns of fear, coercion and impunity are employed to silence the victims.
It is the collective efforts of thousands that have informed me of daily acts of quiet heroism, of dignity and honour. Each status update, tweet, bit of writing, visual image or comment has contributed to layer the narratives, to give a human face to statistics.