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Across the Chicken Neck - Travels in Northeast India
Across the Chicken Neck - Travels in Northeast India

Across the Chicken Neck - Travels in Northeast India

by Nandita Haksar

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9788129135636 - Year: 2016 - Pages: 272



Nandita Haksar
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Author: Nandita Haksar
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 272
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129135636


Leaving home on 17 October 2011, Nandita Haksar and her husband, Sebastian Hongray, drove across Nepal to reach the Chicken Neck, the slim strip of land which connects the Northeast to the rest of India. From the Chicken Neck, they went up to one of the easternmost towns of the country, Mayodia in Arunachal Pradesh. Making a U-turn in Mayodia, they swept south to the town of Moreh, a busy centre of trade (both legal and illegal) on the border between India and Myanmar. Turning back from Moreh, they travelled to the Manas National Park on the Indo-Bhutan border. They then drove back to Delhi via Nepal.

Across the Chicken Neck was written after this epic journey, made in defiance of advancing age and its associated ills, and in spite of the ever-present threat of casual, unpredictable violence in the region. In all, the couple covered 15,000-plus kilometers in four months and traversed areas affected by more than fifteen separate insurgencies—each of which is being waged by people seeking homelands and identities for themselves.

Over the course of their journey, Nandita met and spoke with friends, relatives and strangers, and found that almost all the individual histories of the tribes and races of the region have become subsumed into narratives imposed either by the State or by the dominant Hindu religion. And it is the reclamation of these individual identities, she says, that has given rise to the numerous movements for self-determination.

In Across the Chicken Neck, Nandita uses mythology, history, sociology, political analysis and anecdote to create an exhaustive, nuanced portrait of Northeast India. This is a book to be read, not only to understand the many schisms of a fractured land, but also for its telling of a rousing adventure.



Through Nepal
From the Chicken Neck to China
From Dhubri to Bomdila
Majuli: The Island of Intolerance
Over the Patkai Hills
Opium for the Masses
From Sadiya to Dibrugarh
The Land of Festivals
National Highway 39: The Road to Myanmar
The Most Dangerous Districts
In the Abode of Clouds
In and around Guwahati
From the Garo Hills to Bhutan
Home Again


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