By Robyn Davidson

ISBN-10: 0670840777

ISBN-13: 9780670840779

The writer of Tracks offers a desirable account of a 12 months spent in northwest India with a wandering tribe referred to as the Rabari, whose conventional migratory direction has principally disappeared due to new political obstacles, atomic try out websites, and irrigation. 25,000 first printing.

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T h e r e w e r e M u s l i m R a b a r i p r e s e n t at t h e w e d d i n g . C e n t u r i e s a g o w h e n t h e M u g h a l s i n v a d e d , t h e y c a u s e d m a n y p r o b l e m s for 43 t h e R a b a r i , w h o o f t e n a c t e d as spies for t h e R a j p u t r u l e r s . O n e particular g r o u p was captured by the invaders a n d taken to D e l h i . It w a s h e r e t h a t t h e y w e r e f o r c e d t o eat b e e f t h e r e b y b e c o m i n g i n s t a n t l y d e - H i n d u i z e d .

T h e r e f o l l o w e d b a n g l e s , a n k l e t s a n d bells a n d e v e r y o n e a g r e e d t h a t n o o n e w o u l d e v e r guess I w a s a E u r o p e a n . W e all t o o k p h o t o s o f e a c h o t h e r : m e w i t h t w o brass p o t s s t a c k e d o n m y h e a d , m y legs c u t off at t h e k n e e , s t a n d i n g at a t h i r t y - d e g r e e a n g l e t o t h e h o r i z o n ­ tal p l a n e o f t h e p h o t o g r a p h a n d l o o k i n g e v e r y i n c h a E u r o p e a n , albeit o f t h e d e r a n g e d k i n d .

B e c a u s e o f t h e d e c a y o f t h e state, disgust w i t h t h e c o r r u p t i o n o f C o n g r e s s (a c o r r u p t i o n t h a t has b e e n c y c l e d t h r o u g h a c o u p l e o f generations since I n d e p e n d e n c e , a c c u m u l a t ­ i n g like D D T in the b o d y politic), the insecurities brought about by the problems in Kashmir and the Punjab, and the pressures o f m o d e r n i z a t i o n , p e o p l e w e r e m o r e o p e n t o t h e i d e a o f a p a r t y w h i c h p r o m i s e d a cleaner, m o r e r i g o r o u s k i n d of r u l e , w h i c h a p p e a l e d t o H i n d u p r i d e b y e v o k i n g a false past — a n d w h i c h , i n its p o l i t i c a l u s e o f t h e m o r e fanatical revivalist m o v e m e n t s , w a s similar i n style t o t h e N a t i o n a l Socialists of pre-war Germany.

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