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A Short Interval at the Railway Station

Amit Chaudhuri, 2 January 1997

Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura 1922-92 
by Shahid Amin.
California, 270 pp., £32, October 1995, 0 520 08779 8
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... Towards the beginning of Event, Metaphor, Memory, Shahid Amin observes: ‘Indian schoolboys know of Chauri Chaura as that alliterative place name which flits through their history books.’ This is true: Chauri Chaura, we were taught, was where, on 4 February 1922, peasant volunteers who had enlisted for Gandhi’s newly launched non-co-operation movement turned violent and burned down a police station with 23 policeman trapped inside it; and Gandhi called a temporary halt to his nationwide movement ...

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