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About The Book
This volume collects seventeen stories of women and men who,simply because they were born poor, or a particular gender, or into acertain caste or religion, fell prey to the many atrocities and indignitiesendemic to contemporary India. Some resisted, survived, and soldieron. Some did not.
Lachmi Kaur lost almost all the male members of her family in theanti-Sikh riots of 1984. She then overcame despair to singlehandedlybring up her children and grandchildren with fierce love and pride.
With great courage of conviction, Krishan Gopal, a Dalit man fromNimoda in Rajasthan, decided to build his own shrine to Hanumanafter being forbidden from the village temple by his upper-casteneighbours. What followed was persecution, violence and exile fromthe village which lasted all his life. At twenty-eight, Dandapani defiedhis family-which could not accept him for what he was-left home,and underwent a sex-change operation. Now known as Dhanam,she lives with her extended family of eunuchs in a Chennai shanty.And, in a chilling first-person account, Raheem tells of his village inMuzaffarnagar which, after cynical political manipulation, went fromamity to a communal conflagration in just a week. BOOK FACTSFatal Accidents of Birth is a powerful, challenging book. It tells us of themany ways in which we inflict violence upon each other-most of allby choosing to not see. And as it does so, this necessary book ensuresthat these stories will find their rightful place in our consciousness.
About The Author
Harsh Mander, writer, human rights worker, columnist, researcherand teacher, works with survivors of mass violence and hunger aswell as with homeless persons and street children. His books includeLooking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India, UnheardVoices: Stories of Forgotten Lives, The Ripped Chest: Public Policy and the Poorin India, Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre, Fractured Freedom:
Chronicles from India's Margins, Untouchability in Rural India (coauthored),Living with Hunger and Ash in the Belly: India's Unfinished Battle against
Hunger. He regularly writes columns for The Hindu, Hindustan Times andMint, and contributes frequently to scholarly journals. His stories havebeen adapted for films, such as Shyam Benegal's Samar, and MallikaSarabhai's dance drama Unsuni.
|Title:||Fatal Accidents of Birth: Stories of Suffering, Oppression and Resistance||Publisher:||Speaking Tiger|
|No. of Pages:||216|
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