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Podcast #28

Interview with Rashmi Saksena, author of ‘She Goes To War; Women Militants of India’

Women have been crucial operators in insurgencies in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Kashmir. Through the stories of Purnima, Khalida, Ribini and others profiled in ‘She Goes To War’, veteran journalist Rashmi Saksena attempts to understand what goes into the making of a woman militant.

Click here to know more about the book ‘She Goes To War; Women Militants of India’.

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‘I am motivated by the things I see and the people I meet. I am also motivated by untold stories, small beautiful stories that I find all around me in the unlikeliest of places that I wander around in. Conversations motivate my emotions, and I write from that place.’ Author ZP Dala tells Medha Dutta that her writing is motivated by related experiences, where the beauty of words extends into the poetic and lyrical.

In She Goes to War, Rashmi Saksena presents the lives of women who have been crucial operators in insurgencies in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Kashmir. This excerpt is about the Manipuri faith healer Purnima, who was once a dreaded killer. Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

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Reviews

‘If we look back at how it all began, says Schipper, we find that sex and gender issues have been expressed in oral traditions…Such oral ‘wisdom’ represents a fascinating cultural history, and proverbs are a most telling part of that serial narrative. Based, therefore, on research of proverbs from 245 languages, the author goes on to analyse them on the basis of the specific references to women in proverbs.’ Book review of Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet by Mineke Schipper.

‘In a predominantly non-vegetarian country tired of worthless beef politics, this literary intervention which does not seek to preach, but only to tell a story, is most refreshing.’
Book review of The Revenge of the Non-Vegetarian by Upamanyu Chatterjee.

‘The real reason to read this book is to see Ali disembowel conventional wisdom through irreverent questioning and common sense. Book review of Running Away from Elephants by Rauf Ali.

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