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Chapter 13: Against Forgetting: Gendered Justice in “Post-conflict” Bangladesh
In this essay, I map the terrain of gendered justice for women at the margins of the nation today, taking the abduction and as yet unresolved disappearance, over 20 years ago, of the outspoken indigenous rights activist, Kalpana Chakma,1 as a signpost. The trajectory of her case points to the asymmetric political, historical, and cultural landscapes traversed by Pahari/Jumma women, imagined as “outside the Bengali nation,” (emphasis added) in relation to their Bengali counterparts. Without wishing to overstate its significance, I also explore the multiple and continuing reverberations of this missing female body on mainstream feminist politics.
In a broader ...