I spoke to Dr. Jessica Namakkal on her book, Unsettling Utopia: The Making & Unmaking of French India.
In Part 1 of our conversation, we discuss the history of French India, its unique decolonial movement and the complex identities of its revolutionaries.
Part 2 (out soon) we discuss the utopian community of Auroville. Located outside of Pondicherry (a former French colonial territory), we discuss Auroville's founding, if its practices constitute settler colonialism, and what Auroville represents about the idea of a utopian life.
For more w. Jessica Namakkal her personal website is here: https://jessicanamakkal.com/
And her book Unsettling Utopia: The Making & Unmaking of French India, can be purchased from Columbia University Press: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/unsettling-utopia/9780231197694
Music by Lethal Needle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd-ur7jyV30