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Subaltern Travel Narratives from the Indo-Tibetan Border Roads: A ‘From the Road’ Critique of Development and Defense
April 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
There is an urgency in the road building activity on India’s borders. These roads, we are told, will secure the nation and bring development to its peripheral areas. In this paper, I go deeper into the many layers, pieces and meanings of what ‘security’ and ‘development’ mean for the state and for the thousands of migrant laboureres employed to construct these roads in the upper Himalayas. I present an ethnographic account of the material construction of a road and the discursive construction of the nation-state. This very mobile ethnography will also touch upon themes of masculinity, the laboring body and migration.
Anu Sabhlok, Fulbright Fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder
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