The Year of the Hawks: A Novel
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The early 1980s: A fiery preacher has outgrown his mentorsand is raising an army of radicalized young men across Punjab. In Moranwale village, young Fareed is emerging from adolescence, uncertain about his future in an increasingly divided and violent society, where neither love nor hope can survive. In Delhi, Sikand, a journalist approaching middle age, struggles to keep a grip on his life even as news from the land of his childhood becomes alarming.
As terror spreads through Punjab, Fareed and Sikand find themselves in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, among armed men primed for a holy war. The two men are on opposite sidesÃ‘one has joined the militants; the other will take no sides. But after the Indian Army storms the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, their fates are twinned, perhaps for a lifetime.
Kanwaljit Deol’s gripping debut novel is a work of rare power and sophistication, intensely human and deeply political.
Kanwaljit Deol joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) after a MSc in Physics from Punjab University. She has served in Goa, Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh, among other places. She was also on deputation with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Her previous books include 101 Tips to Survive the City.