The chapters in the book examine the stories of women whose lives are intertwined with borders, and who resist everyday violence in all its myriad forms. They show how most of the traditional efforts to make geopolitical regions more secure end up privileging a masculine definition of security that only results in feminine insecurities.
These essays discuss how women negotiate their differences with a state that, though democratic, denies space to differences based on ethnicity, religion, class or gender. Borders are interpreted as zones where the jurisdiction of one state ends and that of the other begins. What comes out is the startling revelation that women not only live on the borders, but in many ways, form them.
|Introduction: Resistance in the Borderlands||Paula Banerjee and Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury|
|Bengal-Bangladesh Borderland: Chronicles from Nadia, Murshidabad and Malda||Paula Banerjee|
|Narrated Time and Constructed Space: Remembering the Communal Violence of 1950 in Hooghly||Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury|
|Women's Voices: From Jammu and Kashmir||Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal and Suchismita|
|Renegotiating Internal Boundaries by Women of Jammu and Kashmir||Sumona DasGupta|
|Sanitized Society and Dangerous Interlopers: Law and the Chins in Mizoram||Sahana Basavapatna|
|Engendered Lives: Women in the West Garo Hills||Anjuman Ara Begum|
|Voices of Women in the Borderlands||Aditi Bhaduri|
|Voices of Women in a Border Town called Moreh||Chitra Ahanthem|