Yasmin Saikia's Fragmented Memories: Struggling to be Tai-Ahom in India PDF

By Yasmin Saikia

Fragmented Memories is a superbly rendered exploration of the way, throughout the Nineties, socially and economically marginalized humans within the northeastern Indian kingdom of Assam sought to supply a earlier on which to base a particular modern id famous inside of late-twentieth-century India. Yasmin Saikia describes how teams of Assamese pointed out themselves as Tai-Ahom—a individuals with a wonderful prior stretching again to the invasion of what's now Assam by way of Ahom warriors within the 13th century. In her account of the Nineties Tai-Ahom identification flow, Saikia considers the matter of competing identities in India, the importance of position and tradition, and the end result of the memory-building undertaking of the Tai-Ahom.

Assamese herself, Saikia lived in numerous various Tai-Ahom villages among 1994 and 1996. She spoke with political activists, intellectuals, militant leaders, shamans, and scholars and saw and took part in Tai-Ahom non secular, social, and political occasions. She learn Tai-Ahom sacred texts and did archival research—looking at colonial files and executive reports—in Calcutta, New Delhi, and London. In Fragmented Memories, Saikia finds different narratives in terms of the Tai-Ahom as instructed through the postcolonial Indian govt, British colonists, and numerous texts achieving again to the 13th century. She indicates how Tai-Ahom id is practiced in Assam and in addition in Thailand. Revealing how the “dead” background of Tai-Ahom has been remodeled into dwelling reminiscence to call for rights of citizenship, Fragmented stories is a landmark background informed from the outer edge of the Indian nation.

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