Event, Metaphor, Memory : Chauri Chaura 1922-1992 By Shahid Amin (9780143062042)
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Winner of the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize 1997
An account of the momentous event in modern Indian history which made Mahatma Gandhi suspend the non-cooperation movement
On 4 February 1922, peasant volunteers who had enlisted in Gandhi’s newly launched people’s struggle against British rule turned violent and burned down a police station in ??Chauri Chaura’ killing twenty-three policemen. According to Shahid Amin, this dramatic occurrence simply had to be quickly forgotten as a stain upon the clean sheets of Gandhian non-violence. And so it was. ??Chauri Chaura’ was effectively blotted out of the grand narrative of Indian heroic nationalism, making a token appearance in ??authoritative’ textbooks.