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A People's History of Modern India

Author: Suchitra Vijayan  

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The first true people's history of modern India, told through a seven year, 9,000 mile journey across its many contested borders.

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The first true people's history of modern India, told through a seven year, 9,000 mile journey across its many contested borders.

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The first true people's history of modern India, told through a seven-year, 9,000-mile journey along its many contested borders Sharing borders with six countries and spanning a geography that extends from Pakistan to Myanmar, India is the world's largest democracy and second most populous country. It is also the site of the world's biggest crisis of statelessness, as it strips citizenship from hundreds of thousands of its people--especially those living in disputed border regions. Suchitra Vijayan traveled India's vast land border to explore how these populations live, and document how even places just few miles apart can feel like entirely different countries. In this stunning work of narrative reportage--featuring over 40 original photographs--we hear from those whose stories are never told: from children playing a cricket match in no-man's-land, to an elderly man living in complete darkness after sealing off his home from the floodlit border; from a woman who fought to keep a military bunker off of her land, to those living abroad who can no longer find their family history in India. With profound empathy and a novelistic eye for detail, Vijayan brings us face to face with the brutal legacy of colonialism, state violence, and government corruption. The result is a gripping, urgent dispatch from a modern India in crisis, and the full and vivid portrait of the country we've long been missing.

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“"Suchitra's account of her journeys across the undefinable and ever-shifting borders between India and its neighbors is gripping, frightening, faithful, and beautiful. In Afghanistan, Kashmir, and India, from one dangerous conflict zone to another, she spoke with people, ate with them, and listened to their stories. As a bedouin who grew up listening to beautiful stories from beautiful storytellers around a fire, I was transported by her storytelling. This is a serious, often funny, and deeply revealing book." --Mohamedou Ould Salahi, author of Guant”

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About the Author

Suchitra Vijayan was born and raised in India, received her higher education in law at the University of Leeds in England, and now lives in New York. She earned her master's in international relations at Yale, for which she embedded with the ISAF forces-172 infantry brigade in Afghanistan to conduct research on counterinsurgency practices. Her essays have appeared in The Hindu , Foreign Policy , GQ,The Boston Review and Huffington Post Magazine . As a Barrister, Vijayan was called to Bar at the Honourable Society of Inner Temple--one of the four prestigious Inns of Court in London, and the same Inn that a number of the major political leaders of South Asia (including Gandhi and Nehru) belonged to. She worked for the United Nations war crimes tribunals in Yugoslavia and Rwanda before co-founding the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, which serves Iraqi refugees. In the fall of 2017, Vijayan founded The Polis Project, a collective of scholars, artists, and activists publishing research and fostering public discussion about war, conflict, post-colonial spaces, and militarization. The project launched a lecture series and is working on an open source database about political violence in South Asia.

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Product Details

Publisher
Melville House Publishing
Published
25th May 2021
Pages
288
ISBN
9781612198583
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