Rupture, Loss and Living: Minority Women Speak about Post-conflict Life is an oral history volume that brings together narratives of women survivors of collective violence from three places in India— Hyderabad, Mumbai and Gujarat. These voices represent different classes, rural and urban locations and span three decades of violent events.
Thematically presented— ‘I Began to See the World for What it is’, ‘Loss and Trauma’, ‘Negotiating Survival and Livelihood’, ‘Claiming Accountability, Seeking Justice’ – this book explores the gendered complexities of negotiating the immediate and long term aftermath of collective violence.
In the Introduction, the editors provide an analytical framework built from ideas articulated in the narratives. Such a framework helps to interrogate and contextualise questions of agency, identity and justice. Concepts such as rupture, loss, dignity and accountability are laid bare in order to understand the processes and politics of recovery and survival.
This book goes beyond a restrictive understanding of collective violence and its impacts to challenge existing assumptions on Minority women’s engagement with public and private institutions in a post-conflict context. The narratives presented here foreground a critique of power and contemporary society, rooted in Minority women’s experiences of violence and survival.
This unique and deeply moving compilation will be of great interest to activists and policymakers working in areas of post-violence recovery and minorities and citizenship, as well as to scholars of women’s studies, feminism, political science, sociology, cultural politics and ethnography/oral history.
Introduction (D. Rajan, K. Lalita and D. Dhanraj)
I BEGAN TO SEE THE WORLD FOR WHAT IT IS…
Ayesha Aman Khan | Vadodara
Kaneez Begum | Mumbai
Sophia Khan | Ahmedabad
Fatima | PanchmahalLOSS AND TRAUMA
Gauhar Sheikh | Mumbai
Zahera and Shehrbano | Panchmahal
Noorjehan Begum | Hyderabad
Shaheen Sultana | Hyderabad
Aminaben Memon | Sabarkantha
NEGOGIATING SURVIVAL AND LIVELIHOODS
Sabah | Ahmedabad
Almas Begum | Hyderabad
Zakiya Khatun | Ahmedabad
Zainab Begum | Hyderabad
Nadira and Aalia | Mumbai
CLAIMING ACCOUNTABILITY, SEEKING JUSTICE
Sajidaben | Sabarkantha
Waseemunnissa | Hyderabad
Ruqayya Bano | Vadodara
The Sheikh Family | Mumbai
Masumah Iqbal | Mumbai
Deepa Dhanraj is a Bangalore-based documentary filmmaker, feminist researcher and writer.
K. Lalita is a feminist scholar and activist, currently associated with Yugantar, and Anveshi – Research Centre for Women's Studies in Hyderabad.