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Memory and Social Protest
Memory and social protest
BadriNarayan

In this chapter I attempt to study an example of folk memory, the popular myth of Chuharmal of the Mokama and Bhojpur region of Bihar. The people's memory of Chuharmal carries among the Dusadh (a subordinate caste) a sense of victory over the Bhumihar (an elite and dominant caste) of Bihar. It creates a sense of defeat among the elite and feudal classes. Chuharmal is known as the hero of the lower castes in central Bihar where his memory is kept alive by the common people as a medium of social protest. As a result, feudal classes are trying to erase it with the barrel of guns. A case study of Ekauni Kand will illustrate this phenomenon. Such ...

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