Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
In this presentation, I reflect on the challenges of doing fieldwork in areas that were once part of the Bodhgaya land movement of the late 1970s. The movement was unique as it was a 'peaceful' movement in a region that has captured the nation's imagination as the "flaming fields of Bihar" due to the long history of armed land struggles. Over a period of two and a half years of fieldwork in the region, it became increasingly evident that the fieldwork sites and geographies are not neatly segregated spaces that were product of a social movement-- rather they were products of complicated, multiple and contesting legacies of struggle that ranged from the passive land grant movement to the armed struggle.