13 Years: A Naxalite’s Prison Diary

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Author: Ramchandra Singh
Translated by Madhu Singh
Foreword by Angela Y. Davis

9788189059835 | HB | pp. 208 | 2018 | Navayana

13 year is an English translation of the diary of a Naxalite prisoner who was imprisoned in several prisoners. In his diary he challenges our assumptions about justice, crime and punishment.

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September 1970. Ramchandra Singh enters the Hardoi District Jail in Uttar Pradesh as a naxalite undertrial. Barely twenty, his life of expanding prospects—in studies, politics and love—is reduced to the horizon of a life term. The odds are stacked against the survival of his humanity and imagination, but Singh regenerates his gifts of empathy, humour, reflection and, above all, language—in a secret diary smuggled out with the help of friends.

A singular record of recent history and of individual witness, Singh’s prison diary, newly expanded, appears in English for the first time. Offering unprecedented intimacy with the everyday life of the imprisoned everyman, Singh challenges us to look without flinching and question our assumptions about crime and punishment.

Additional information

Author:

Ramchandra Singh
Translator: Madhu Singh
Foreword: Angela Y. Davis

ISBN:

9788189059835

Publisher:

Navayana

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

208

Year of Publication:

2018

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

Ramchandra Singh (1949–2018), of Bangarmau village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, was a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Red Star, and served on its Central Committee. He was part of the editorial board of Red Star Monthly (Hindi). He passed away when this book was in press.

Madhu Singh is a professor in the Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow. She has previously translated the scholar G.N. Devy’s work, A Nomad Called Thief, into Hindi as Ghumantu Hain Chor Nahin.

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