#35 Midnight’s Border with Suchitra Vijayan [English]

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Have you ever wondered how life is at the borders? Far away from the elite urban spaces of the nation-state. Places where the force of constitution barely exists. How is life around these borders where national identities dilute? What is it like to be a part of a tribe near a Bangladeshi border or a fighter on the Afghanistan border? Suchitra Vijayan joins me to discuss her fantastic book ‘Midnight’s Borders’ which is a brilliant work of investigative journalism.
To buy Midnight’s Border
2:30 to 6:00
Knowing Suchitra
6:00 to 10:44
What is your experience carrying an Indian Passport?
10:44 to 15:00
What made Suchitra travel to the extent of our borders?
15:00 to 24:44
How was Afghanistan – Pakistan border?
24:44 to 27:15
Suchitra’s perspective on war
27:15 to 31:21
Why are we so emotional about borders?
31:21 to 38:00
A story that did not make it to the book.
38:00 to 48:15
How do you manage to put yourself together?
48:15 to 1:03:00
India-Bangladesh border
1:03:00 to 1:15:20
Kotwali Darwaza
1:15:20 to 1:18:30
Ali’s house
1:18:30 to 1:41:30
Tawang and elites of Delhi
1:41:30 to 1:50:25
1:50:25 to 1:53:53
Battle of Kohima
1:53:53 to 2:06:00
Nellie massacre
2:06:00 to end.
Guwahati and Burmese Citizenship Act
Books and References
•The Loss of Hindustan: The Invention of India
•Despite the State: Why India Lets Its People Down and How They Cope
•Nellie Massacre : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_massacre
•Bhawan Singh : http://www.betterphotography.in/perspectives/great-masters/bhawan-singh/46132/
•Burmese Citizenship Act of 1982 : https://www.hrw.org/reports/2000/burma/burm005-02.htm
•Gupta, Karunakar. “The McMahon line 1911-45: the British legacy.” China Quarterly (1971): 521-545.
•Gupta, Karunakar. “Distortions in the history of Sino-Indian frontiers.” Economic and Political Weekly (1980): 1265-1270.
•Gupta, Karunakar. “Mr Karunakar Gupta Replies.” The China Quarterly 54 (1973): 363-368.
•Gupta, Karunakar. “A note on source material on the Sino-Indian border dispute—Western Sector.” China Report 17.3 (1981): 51-55.

Gupta, Karunakar. “Hidden History of the Sino-Indian Frontier I—1947-1954.” Economic and Political Weekly (1974): 721-726.
Gupta, Karunakar. “Hidden History of the Sino-Indian Frontier: II: 1954-1959.” Economic and Political Weekly (1974): 765-772

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