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The theopolitics of protest: Martyrdom in the Gujjar Andolan, the army and the epic
Published in Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd
Volume: 56
Issue: 1
Pages: 41 - 62
In this article, I examine the ways in which ideas of martyrdom are employed by Gujjars in Rajasthan to describe their experiences of participating in the 2006 and 2007 Gujjar Andolan (protest), serving in the army, and in their telling of the Devnarayan epic. I take as a starting point the manner in which the bodies of Gujjars killed in police firing during the andolan were laid out for 17 days at the site of the andolan while Gujjar men and women recited the Devnarayan epic. The laying out of the martyred bodies then becomes a site for the production of caste belonging and caste love. © 2022 SAGE Publications.
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