Town Hall does an in-person hosting of this appearance by journalist, barrister (by training), and activist Suchitra Vijyan for her timely first book, Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India (Melville House). Drawn from seven years of research, and travels the breadth and length of India and its borders (many contested), this book offers readers here the fullest telling yet of what India is and has become.
“An essential, beautifully written report from the hellish margins of a modern mega-state struggling to be a nation, of people whose lives continue to be shaped by violent political marches across age-old homes and habitats. A memorable, humane ‘museum of forgotten stories’ that we must all read and remember.”—Mirza Waheed.
“An intervention like no other when it comes to thinking through not just the history of India but for reflections on borders, migration, the elusory nature of nations. With sharp political analyses, dense historical research, and lyrical, image-rich prose, Vijayan’s journalism displays an inspiring ethic, one that is invested in the micro-histories of the ‘small man,’ the one existing on the fringes of history and the one that most requires urgent representation.”—Bhakti Shringarpure.
Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca).