By Aravind Adiga
Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 citizens, simply 89 claim themselves to be with no faith or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is a unprecedented crossroads among the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and the poets and the prophets of an India that sleek literature has infrequently addressed.
A sequence of sketches that jointly shape a stunning, wonderful, and courageous mosaic of Indian existence because it is lived in a spot known as Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with the entire humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, enlarges our knowing of the area we are living in this day.
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They line the roadside, waiting for their moment. When it comes, they climb the walls of a passing truck and throw out what coal they can grab from the high pile in the truck bed. The drivers make no effort to stop them. Back on the roadside, the scavengers scrape up the fallen coal with a long fork, pack it into tall sacks, mount the sacks on bicycles, and push them to market to sell as fuel in tea stalls or homes. In the early hours of the morning, local women line the roads to scrape up bare-handed what the men leave behind, their blackened fingers probing the deep coal dust for a nugget.
After the rape, Sister Valsa’s advice was for Surajmuni Hembrom’s family first to meet with the tribal chiefs, says Surajmuni’s father. But, he says, the tribal chiefs said that Sister Valsa would decide what to do next. She advised the family to file a complaint at the local police station, seven kilometers away. On November 9, 2011, the family and three other villagers went to the police. The officer in charge was Chandrika Paswan. He was standing in for the station chief, who was absent that day.
Then there were shouts of “Cut her. ” The attackers slashed at Sister Valsa in the doorway separating her two rooms. They cut her from above her left ear to her mouth and on her throat. Then they abandoned her bleeding body in the doorway. ” Near Sister Valsa’s body were scattered a few hand-painted posters, witnesses said. Soon after, her friend Sonea Deheri rushed in with other villagers. “When we reached, we saw Sister Valsa was dead,” he later testified. A lawyer for Pycil Hembrom, Adwin Murmu, and five other men allegedly involved says his clients played no part in Sister Valsa’s death.
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga