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Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows

Kota Neelima (Author)

Vidarbha-the parched heartland of central India-has become the foremost site of farmer suicides in the country. These suicides are the most striking indictment of the neglect of agriculture by the state. But the story of the farmers’ distress does not end with their death-it lives on in the experience of their widows who struggle to survive in the shadows.

Widows of Vidarbha tells the story of 16 such widows who have been invisible to the state, the community, and even their families, and talks of their lost dreams, their diminished worldviews, and their helpless surrender to the conveniences of patriarchy. These narratives throw light on the dark and desperate corners of their invisible world, one that reflects the state of farm widows across the country.

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About the author

Kota Neelima

Kota Neelima is a political editor with The Sunday Guardian and a Research Fellow for South Asia Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. Her previously published work includes the novels Riverstones and Death of a Moneylender.

Neelima lives in New Delhi and Washington, DC.

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Title Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows
Author Kota Neelima
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.02.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199484676
length 284p.