Author: Emma TarloPublisher: Permanent BlackYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 235ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178240661
This richly detailed ethnographic work tells the story of modern India's period of deepest civil unrest. It fills a significant gap in the recent political history of India and sheds light on a period many would rather forget. In 1975 Indira Gandhi declared the infamous 'Emergency' which gave her the power to silence opposition through arrests and censorship, and to introduce a programme of reform which included draconian campaigns of slum clearance and family planning. In Delhi, access to basic civic amenities now became dependent on the production of a sterilization certificate. For many of the city's poorest inhabitants, whose homes had been demolished, the choice was between sterilization and homelessness.Unsettling Memories provides a gripping analysis of how state oppression was orchestrated and experienced in India's capital during the Emergency. Using personal narratives and previously unstudied archival material, it traces the process by which policies were subverted at the local level trough a combination of violence, trickery, and market forces.Emma Tarlo's documentation and analysis of the relationship between state archives and lived experience is methodologically innovative, charting new ground for anthropologist, historians and political scientists who are concerned with the role of the state in everyday life.
AcknowledgementsGlossaryAbbreviationsINTRODUCTIONThe ethnography of eventsThe anthropology of the stateLocationVoice and ImageFORGETTING AND REMEMBERING THE EMERGENCYTeen Murti BhavanStepping into the future: the official narrative of the EmergencyAnatomizing the past: the post-Emergency counter narrative1 Safdarjung RoadIn search of memoriesFragments of the past for the futurePAPER TRUTHSA first glimpse at the filesThe language of family planningVOICES FROM THE DUSTVictims and victimizers: the case of Plot H68TALKING ABOUT THE EMERGENCY: SOME INITIAL CONVERSATIONSLocating the EmergencyNarratives of resettlementTHE FORCIBLE DEALThe right to workThe right to civil amenitiesThe right to a homeFamily and Community negotiationsTowards an ethnography of the sterilizedTHE VICTIMS TURNED AGENTSThe functioning of the marketAn ethnography of the motivatorHEROES, HEROINES, VILLAINS: SUBALTERN PERCEPTIONS?Entangled narrativesBibliographyIndexILLUSTRATIONSThemesMemories of the EmergencyWelcome: Urban Plans, Urban RealitiesFamily Planning: An Ongoing SagaUnsettled LivesThe Changing Face of Indira Gandhi