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The Polis Project, Inc is a hybrid research and journalism organization producing knowledge about some of the most important issues affecting us, by amplifying diverse perspectives from those indigenous to the conflicts and crisis affecting our world today.

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The Polis Project, Inc is a hybrid research and journalism organization producing knowledge about some of the most important issues affecting us, by amplifying diverse perspectives from those indigenous to the conflicts and crisis affecting our world today.

    How home disappeared: Twenty years after the Gujarat pogrom

    How home disappeared: Twenty years after the Gujarat pogrom

    Twenty years after the Gujarat pogrom, Suchitra Vijayan speaks to Zahir Janmohamed about the moment, his experience on the ground and his work since. The conversation delves into the deep seated anti-Muslim sentiment in India and looks for ways to heal.

    The conversation was originally held as a Twitter Space session.

    • 48 min
    Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India: A conversation with Mytheli Sreenivas

    Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India: A conversation with Mytheli Sreenivas

    In this conversation, Urvi Khaitan sits down with Mytheli Sreenivas to discuss her book, "Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India'. The book explores colonial administrators, postcolonial development experts, nationalists, eugenicists, feminists, and family planners all aimed to reform reproduction to transform both individual bodies and the body politic.

    • 52 min
    India's Undeclared Emergency: Suchitra Vijayan in conversation with Arvind Narrain

    India's Undeclared Emergency: Suchitra Vijayan in conversation with Arvind Narrain

    In this conversation, Suchitra Vijayan speaks to Arvind Narrain about his book India's Undeclared Emergency: Constitutionalism and the Politics of Resistance. They touch upon the provisions in the constitution that have been interpreted to shove India into an unofficial emergency situation, reflect on how this compares to India's emergency of the 1970s and imagine what the way forward can look like.

    • 48 min
    The extrajudicial excesses of Pakistan's military: A conversation with Ahmad Waqas Goraya

    The extrajudicial excesses of Pakistan's military: A conversation with Ahmad Waqas Goraya

    In this conversation with Francesca Recchia, Pakistani activist Ahmad Waqas Goraya speaks about the repercussions facing those who dare to criticize the military establishment in Pakistan, his own personal encounter with the institution and the subsequent experience of torture and exile.

    • 40 min
    Negotiating Survival: Francesca Recchia in conversation with Ashley Jackson

    Negotiating Survival: Francesca Recchia in conversation with Ashley Jackson

    Francesca Recchia speaks to Ashley Jackson about her book Negotiating Survival: Civilian–Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan.

    Based on over 400 interviews with Taliban and civilians, this book tells the story of how civilians have not only bargained with the Taliban for their survival, but also ultimately influenced the course of the war in Afghanistan. While the Taliban have the power of violence on their side, they nonetheless need civilians to comply with their authority. Both strategically and by necessity, civilians have leveraged this reliance on their obedience in order to influence Taliban behaviour.

    Challenging prevailing beliefs about civilians in wartime, Negotiating Survival presents a new model for understanding how civilian agency can shape the conduct of insurgencies.

    • 49 min
    Legacies of French colonialism in India: Suchitra Vijayan in conversation with Jessica Namakkal

    Legacies of French colonialism in India: Suchitra Vijayan in conversation with Jessica Namakkal

    Suchitra Vijayan sits down with author Jessica Namakkal to discuss her book "Unsettling Utopia". The book presents a new account of the history of twentieth-century French India to show how colonial projects persisted beyond formal decolonization. Through the experience of the French territories, Namakkal recasts the relationships among colonization, settlement, postcolonial sovereignty, utopianism, and liberation, considering questions of borders, exile, violence, and citizenship from the margins. She demonstrates how state-sponsored decolonization—the bureaucratic process of transferring governance from an imperial state to a postcolonial state—rarely aligned with local desires.

    • 59 min

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