On The Jacket :
In her powerful, poignant book—one of the best non-fiction works from India in recent years—Anubha Bhonsle examines the tangled and tragic history of Manipur, and of much of India’s North East. Through the story of Irom Sharmila—on a protest fast since 2000—and many others who have fallen victim to violence or despair or stood up to fight for peace and justice, she shows us an entire society ravaged by insurgency and counter-insurgency operations, corruption and ethnic rivalries. Drawing upon extensive interviews with personnel of the Indian army and intelligence agencies, politicians and bureaucrats, leaders of insurgent groups, Irom Sharmila and her family and ordinary people across Manipur, Anubha Bhonsle has produced a compelling and necessary book on the North East, the Indian state, identity politics and the enormous human cost of conflict.
Quick Review :
Mother, where’s my country? is not just dark but a soul hitting book.
Full Review :
After Independence,things have been anything but peaceful for the North Eastern part of India. So much, that the people of north east feel neglected by their own country. the definition of normal life in Manipur is far different from ours. People in Manipur live under threat of Armed forces special powers act(AFSPA).
Mother, where’s my country? is your guide to know about Manipur, Irom Sharmila, her protest/hunger strike against the AFSPA in detail. Anubha Bhonsle interviewed close to 200 people in last 9 years to understand the scenario prevailing in Manipur . Her repeated meetings with Irom Sharmila and because of which her staying in manipur has a great impact on this book. This book also highlights the unheard stories of brutality forced upon the common people.
Mother, where’s my country? is not for the weak hearted. As the tagline suggest ‘looking for light in the darkness of Manipur’, this book is dark,rough and edgy to the core.
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NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR BLOGGER REVIEW PROGRAMME.