Battling for India

A Citizen's Reader

Edited by Githa Hariharan, Salim Yusufji

9789388874182

Speaking Tiger, New Delhi, 2019

Language: English

5.5" x 8.5"

Price INR 399.00
Book Club Price INR 320.00
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For well over a decade, there has been a battle going on in India, as old divisions and inequalities have become deeper. Since 2014, this battle has reached a feverish pitch with the combined onslaught of majoritarian politics and market-driven policies. There are now, as the editors of this anthology argue, two signposts as we enter the Indian nation—one reads: Battling India, and points to a domain of coercion and plunder; the other says: Battling for India, and invites us to spaces where many brave, indomitable people demand their share of dignity and lay claim to citizenship.
This necessary collection brings us the voices and experiences of those who are battling for India through their private struggles and public activism: Alivelamma, a woman farmer. Huchangi, Rohith, Ravan—poet, scholar, activist; all dalit. Sukalo, Rajkishor, Leelabati—activist, poet, singer; adivasis. Eighteen-year-old Muddu Thirthahalli and ninety-one-year-old Nayantara, both writers. Amarjeet, Sonia and 2000 others gathered at a workers’ rally. Salima, Hafiz, Aslah, who refuse to be second-class citizens. Among them, and with them, are the voices of journalists, artists, teachers and students. Together, they speak to us of the many ways in which state and extra-state forces have been excluding more and more citizens from India. And together, they show us ways to re-make the nation envisioned by our Constitution—a nation whose people can, without exception, live as free and equal citizens.

Githa Hariharan

Githa Hariharan's work includes novels, short stories, essays, newspaper articles and columns. Her first novel – The Thousand Faces of Night – won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1993. Since then, she has published the novels The Ghosts of Vasu Master, When Dreams Travel, In Times of Siege, and Fugitive Histories, a collection of short stories, The Art of Dying, and a book of stories for children, The Winning Team. For more on her work, see www.githahariharan.com. Githa Hariharan is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Committee in India, and a convenor of the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI).


Salim Yusufji

Salim Yusufji is an editor with Navayana.