Book Reviews: SHAHID AMIN, Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura , Oxford University Press, Delhi, , pp. plus bibliography, index. Title, Event, metaphor, memory: Chauri Chaura, / Shahid Amin. Author, Amin, Shahid. Extent, dpi TIFF G4 page images. E-Distribution. Shahid Amin. Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura – Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Pp. xiv.

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Aug 07, Vishal Misra rated it it was amazing. I could tell how much research and passion Shahid Amin put into the pages of Event, Metaphor, Memorybut I continually had trouble parsing the book for applicable meaning.

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Amin examines the trial records of the Chauri Chaura ‘riot’, and his wonderful research reveals excellent usage of trial t Amin’s historiography of Chauri Chaura is a beautifully written, short and easy to read wonder.

The author, who was born fifteen miles from Chauri Chaura, brings to his study an empathetic knowledge of the region and a keen ear for the nuances of the culture and language of its people. The Indian popular memory is that the perpetrators were not nationalists, but criminals with no relationship to the Non-Cooperation Movement and later Nationalist Movements that Gandhi led and eventually forced the British to leave the country Amin shows how Gandhi and even British justice forged this non-political identity onto the nationalists around Chauri Chaura.

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Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992

Melissa Sande rated it really liked it Aug 24, Amin examines the event itself, but also, more significantly, he explores the ways it has been remembered, interpreted, and used as a metaphor for the Indian struggle for independence.


The police quickly became victims, and eventually a tragic casualty of the nationalist movement in popular opinion, even though they provoked the riot by their abusive behavior of local leaders. Evdnt shows the memoey movement to have deeply penetrated the area around the Chauri Chaura station, both with local organizing committees and propaganda, avoidance of foreign foods and clothing, but more visibly, the presence of many otiyars volunteers, or nationalist members trained to oppose instability and mob rule in the countryside begging for grain.

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Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. These aminn contradict the State account, and highlight the differences between how people viewed the picketing of Chaura bazaar.

Spencer rated it really liked it Nov 06, A substantial part of the beginning of the book is devoted to uncovering what the nonsensical-sounding place name, Chauri Chaura, really means, enabling it to shed its negative resonance by allowing it the physical contours of a real aimn and culture. As Amin tells us, the name, like so many other things at that time, owed its existence to the cultural and economic intermingling peculiar to a landscape transformed by colonialism.

Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Wife Rape: Shahid Amin; Amni, Metaphor, Memory: Taking Gandhi’s statements about civil disobedience to heart, in February residents from the villages around the north Indian market town of Chauri Chaura attacked the local police station, burned it to the ground and murdered twenty-three constables.


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Retrieved from ” https: It was an early moment of disgrace in a still unfolding nationalist history; and Gandhi had to condemn it quickly in order to prove the moral superiority of the movement he had initiated. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Comaroff and Paul C. Schneider and Peter T. Emily rated it liked it Nov 03, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Event, metaphor, memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992

Amin examines the trial records of the Chauri Chaura ‘riot’, and his wonderful research reveals excellent usage of trial transcripts, and the memoirs of the High Court judges who commuted the death sentences passed at the Sessions Court to From then on, the trials would define the act as criminal, and the main approver Sikhari would relate his recognition of the event primarily in non-political terms.

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