Event, Metaphor, Memory Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992

ISBN-10: 0520087801
ISBN-13: 9780520087804
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Authors: Shahid Amin
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/26/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Taking Gandhi's statements about civil disobedience to heart, in February 1922 residents from the villages around the north Indian market town of Chauri Chaura attacked the local police station, burned it to the ground and murdered twenty-three constables. Appalled that his teachings were turned to violent ends, Gandhi called off his Noncooperation Movement and fasted to bring the people back to nonviolence. In the meantime, the British government denied that the riot reflected Indian resistance to its rule and tried the rioters as common criminals. These events have taken on great symbolic importance among Indians, both in the immediate region and nationally. Amin examines the event itself, but also, more significantly, he explores the ways it has been remembered, interpreted, and used as a metaphor for the Indian struggle for independence. The author, who was born fifteen miles from Chauri Chaura, brings to his study an empathetic knowledge of the region and a keen ear for the nuances of the culture and language of its people. In an ingenious negotiation between written and oral evidence, he combines brilliant archival work in the judicial records of the period with field interviews with local informants. In telling this intricate story of local memory and the making of official histories, Amin probes the silences and ambivalences that contribute to a nation's narrative. He extends his boundaries well beyond Chauri Chaura itself to explore the complex relationship between peasant politics and nationalist discourse and the interplay between memory and history.

Shahid Amin is Professor of History at Delhi University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford, Princeton, and Berlin. He has authored Sugarcane and Sugar in Gorakhpur (1984), as well as several seminal essays in Subaltern Studies--of which project he is one of the founding editors.

Prologue
Impressions
The Riot and History
A Narrative of the Event
Chauri Chaura-Dumri-Mundera
Fraudulent Reports
The Lessons of the Riot
The Crime of Chauri Chaura
Nationalizing the Riot
The Case for Punishment and Justice
Dwarka Gosain's Complaint
Violence and Counterinsurgency
The Making of the Approver
Shikari's Testimony
The Approver and the Accused
Judicial Discourse
The Alimentary Aspects of Picketing
The Politics of the Trial
Historian's Dilemma
Dumri Records
The Youthful Account
Komal-Dacoit
The Babu-saheb of Mundera
The Madanpur Narrative
Malaviya Saves Chotki Dumri
The Great Betrayal
A Powerful 'Mukhbir'
The One-Seven-Two of Chauri Chaura
The Policemen Dead
The Darogain
The Presence of Gandhi
Otiyars
Chutki, or the Gift of Grain
The Feast of 4 February 1922
The Colour Gerua and Proper Nationalist Attire
What the Otiyars Wore
Witness to a History
Towards Conclusion
Epilogue
Appendix A: Pratigya-Patr
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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