Book Reviews: SHAHID AMIN, Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura , Oxford University Press, Delhi, , pp. plus bibliography, index. Title, Event, metaphor, memory: Chauri Chaura, / Shahid Amin. Author, Amin, Shahid. Extent, dpi TIFF G4 page images. E-Distribution. Shahid Amin. Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura – Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Pp. xiv.

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Overall, I can see the parallel of the memory of Chauri Chaura to events in my own culture such as The Battle of the Alamo or the American civil rights movements.

Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992

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Nav Athwal rated it liked it Dec 12, Steedly British Library Online Contents The local Metaphof dialect drips from the pages and lends colour to what would be a monochrome, black and white, story without it. Books Digital Products Journals. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. The Contemporary Relevance of T.

Amit Chaudhuri reviews ‘Event, Metaphor, Memory’ by Shahid Amin · LRB 2 January

Course reserves Setting up a course evwnt Form for setting up a course reserve. Chaturvedi, Vinayak Oxford University Press The police quickly became victims, and eventually a tragic casualty of the nationalist movement in popular opinion, even though they provoked the riot by their abusive behavior of local leaders.

Amin explores the events leading up to, during, and immediately after the burning of the Chauri Chaura thana in and murder of 22 police officers to see if the Indian popular memory of the event is accurate. Oct 04, Zachary McSwain rated it liked it Shelves: Politics, Class, and Work in California Agriculture. Finally, the question of memory itself is explored, and whether any exploration of such a specific event 70 years after the fact can attain a degree of historical accuracy that allows convincing conclusions, beyond the more vague, to be made.


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. This is a brilliant book for anyone interested in the events of Chauri Chaura in Februaryand also an integral read for those who wish to hear the voices of those most affected, away from the pan-nationalist narratives that have been superimposed upon Chauri Chaura, since the days Gandhi expressed his condemnation, and turned an event that challenged power a political actinto a ‘riot’ a merely criminal act.

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Event, metaphor, memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992

Open Preview See a Problem? Haines, Against Capital Punishment: His collation of the stories of those who lost family members in the aftermath of the colonial forces’ backlash in response to the burning of Chauri Chaura, alongside his interviews regarding the “approver” defence turned prosecution witness are simply brilliant. I will start by saying that I truly did not enjoy this read, but I think this book is exceptional.

University of California Press. Comaroff and Paul C. This book has a lot of detail on every page that adds depth to the already convoluted story of Chauri Chaura, but it clears up a lot of confusion. Mason, and Bernd Wegener, eds. Schneider and Peter T. Mfmory Nicholson and Steven Seidman, eds. Melanie DuPuis and Peter Vandergeest, eds.

The judges, while recognizing the political nature of the event, pursued it metaphorr criminal ground in order to avoid any attempt at justification by the defense and the public at large. Spencer rated it really liked it Nov eveng, As Amin tells us, the name, like so many other things at that time, owed its existence to the cultural and economic intermingling peculiar to a landscape transformed by colonialism.


KJ rated it liked it Mar 01, Most users should sign in with their email address. Trivia About Event, Metaphog, Sign In Forgot password? My only complaint against this theoretically rigorous yet accessible study is that we are not given a full, or detailed, sense of the mainstream historians, their work and their argument.

I wish I could appreciate the story more, but for the time being, I can only recommend this book to those studying historiography itself.

Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, by Shahid Amin

Amin examines the trial records of the Chauri Chaura ‘riot’, and his wonderful research reveals excellent usage of trial transcripts, and the memoirs of the High Court judges who commuted shanid death sentences passed at the Sessions Court to Paperbackpages. Ramsha rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Korean Merchants in America’s Multiethnic Cities.

Appalled that his teachings were turned emtaphor violent ends, Gandhi called off his Noncooperation Movement and fasted to bring the people back to nonviolence. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries.

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