by Vijayan, Suchitra, Recchia, Francesca, Anand, Anu, Dastor, Sam, Chohan, Sahera, Ghatak, Raj, Bowdri,
by Vijayan, Suchitra, Recchia, Francesca, Anand, Anu, Dastor, Sam, Chohan, Sahera, Ghatak, Raj, Bowdri, | India
Published 20/08/2023 by Pluto Press in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 208 pages, 2 Figures; 19 Halftones, black and white
Silencing and punishing critical voices is a project that lies at the heart of Narendra Modi’s authoritarian regime in India. The BJP’s political dream is clear: to achieve the ethno-nationalist aim of an exclusively ‘Hindu’ India, while targeting anyone who dares to question or dissent. In this unique book, Suchitra Vijayan and Francesca Recchia look at the present of India through the lived experiences of political prisoners.
Combining political and legal analysis with firsthand testimonies, the book explores the small gestures that constitute resistance inside and outside jail for the prisoners and their families, telling a story of destruction of institutions and erosion of rights. How Long Can the Moon Be Caged? includes visual testimonies and prison writings from those falsely accused of inciting the Bhima Koregaon violence, by student leaders opposing the new discriminatory citizenship law passed in 2020, and by activists from the Pinjra Tod’s movement. In bringing together these voices, the book celebrates the courage, humanity and moral integrity of those jailed for standing in solidarity with marginalised and oppressed communities.