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Remembering RevolutionGender, Violence, and Subjectivity in India's Naxalbari Movement$
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Srila Roy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198081722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081722.001.0001

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Sexual Violence and the Politics of Naming

Sexual Violence and the Politics of Naming

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Remembering Revolution

Srila Roy

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to the memory of the underground and the shelter to engage with women’s testimonies of sexual and domestic violence, and the politics of current remembrance, especially within a wider context of naming and silencing such forms of violence. Drawing on women’s oral and written testimonies, the first part details the kinds of threats that women encountered in normatively ‘safe’ spaces at the hands of their ‘own’ comrades. The chapter details the manner in which the Party responded—or not—to rape and other sexual offences. Women’s (and men’s) negotiations of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ violence, explored in the second part of the chapter, are revelatory of their conflicting identifications with forms of heroic identity, idealized masculinity, and class. This chapter brings out the full costs and consequences of composing masculine cultural imageries through a repudiation of the feminine.

Keywords:   Sexual violence, Domestic violence, Adjudicating rape, Masculinity and violence, Identification, Memory and silence

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