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Long Can the Moon be Caged: Voices of Indian Political Prisoners
September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
Meet Francesca Recchia and Suchitra Vijayan to discuss their book How Long Can the Moon Be Caged? Voices of Indian Political Prisoners. Structured as an open conversation, the event will focus on the destruction of institutions and the erosion rights through the lives of political prisoners, their struggle for resistance and its impact on their communities.
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 their 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