Everyday Life in the Underground

Srila Roy

in Remembering Revolution

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198081722
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082223 | DOI:
Everyday Life in the Underground

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The chapter outlines the ways in which revolutionary femininity was lived in the everyday underground life of the movement. It begins with women’s discussions of their political labour that underscored the politics of their marginalization from key political tasks. Women’s narratives relate some of the implications of women entering spaces from which they have been traditionally excluded. The discussion also identifies the violence of everyday underground life, which continues to be buried beneath a mythic narrative of fugitive life. Focusing on acts of interpersonal aggression at the micro-level that are gendered but not always sexualized, the chapter suggests the need for an expansion of the category of gendered violence in the context of revolutionary politics. It ends by exploring women’s responses to the political use of violence, drawing attention to how changed political and ethical commitments of the present day shape their memory and understanding of this contentious past.

Keywords: Everyday life; Underground; Political shelter; Political labour and gender; Political violence; Khatam

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Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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