A provocative survey of the A little reading a book Shirt history of secession in India, in The Heirs of My Son: Secrets and History of Lynching and Blood Justice in India (Rs 499, Aleph Book Company), historian Aparna Vaidik provides insights into the phenomenon by demonstrating secret violence embedded in the country’s mythology, folklore, poetry, literature, and language, thus invading visualize it.
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You thought of this book about two decades ago and we will read it in 2020. Can you tell us about the original idea and what caused you to end up writing it? The book is the result of my questioning that began with lynching Dadri in 2015, followed by the estrangement from some pro-lynching family members and the A little reading a book Shirt indifference of liberal friends. People sitting around talking about nonviolence towards expensive cocktails.
You call the book your imminent text, where you have investigated politics through your personal and family history. You talk about your grandfather’s beliefs, your ancestral town Khatu, the Indore riots of 1989. Which approach did you decide on for this book?
While the book is not read like any other, it is also my mourning book, a marsiya. Think about it, how people write about something like lynching – a barbaric human act similar to cannibalism and gang rape but done in the name of justice. collective punishment? How does one write about friends and family, who justify it, share it, or best be indifferent to it? Can dry academic prose capture this chilling story? I decided to write the book from my own vantage point, in my own voice, and tell the A little reading a book Shirt story drawn from my experience.
The book’s content instead of focusing on major leaders and national events tells about the history of India through the life history of an ordinary person and thereby provides an identifying point. for readers. This helps the reader to imagine himself as an agent of history, not just a recipient of historical knowledge created by historians. It also forced them to recalculate its history and ‘truth’. The book has the word ‘son’ in its title, which is a metaphor for the supposed reader of the book – a young person, a student, and the present generation growing up in this ‘amazing India’.