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Dispossessed

Dispossessed

Amod Shah
Anhad Imaan
Annie Baxi
Ashwin Parulkar
Rhea John
Saba Sharma
Shikha Sethia

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(Paperback | ISBN 9789386582539 | 256 pp | August 2017)

Summary

In 2005, starving members of the Bhuiya clan in one of Bihar’s poorest villages dug up a long-buried dead goat, cooked and ate it. Sixteen people died within days, twelve of them children.

Bengali-speaking Muslims who had moved to Rajasthan from West Bengal in the 1970s and ’80s were summarily declared Bangladeshi terrorists in the aftermath of the 2008 Jaipur bomb blasts. They remain stateless in their own country.

Landless Lodhas, members of an erstwhile ‘Criminal Tribe’ in Bihar, grapple even today with centuries of shame and dispossession.

These stories—along with those of women with mental and physical disabilities in rural areas, homeless men living in Yamuna Pushta, inNew Delhi, and patients in a leprosy colony in Orissa—reveal both stigma and support, harsh lives, an uncaring, corrupt state and moments of resilience.

Drawn from interviews and conversations as part of a study on destitution by the Centre for Equity Studies, Dispossessed: Stories from India’s Margins takes a wide-ranging view of what it means to be destitute, displaced and marginalized in contemporary India. Equally importantly, through these personal accounts of their research, the authors explore their own privileges in comparison.

Written with sensitivity and care, this is an important book that perceptively questions India’s engagement with the people at its margins and should be essential reading for all.

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About the author

Shikha Sethia

Shikha Sethia is a masters student in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague. She was previously a researcher with the S.R. Sankaran Unit on Hunger and Social Exclusion at the Centre for Equity Studies. Shikha contributed ‘Pilgrims and Patients’, from the study on destitution, for this collection.

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Saba Sharma

Saba Sharma is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, studying the state and ethnic conflict in Assam. She was a former research associate at the Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi. Saba contributed two essays, ‘To See and Be Seen’ and ‘The Earth is Bound to Shake’, […]

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Rhea John

Rhea John is a student at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and formerly a researcher with the Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi. Rhea contributed ‘Melting into the Foreground’ to the collection.

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