Githa Hariharan's work includes novels, short stories, essays, newspaper articles and columns. Her first novel – The Thousand Faces of Night – won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1993. Since then, she has published the novels The Ghosts of Vasu Master, When Dreams Travel, In Times of Siege, and Fugitive Histories, a collection of short stories, The Art of Dying, and a book of stories for children, The Winning Team. She is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Committee in India, and a convenor of the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI).
Last year she edited a collection of essays on India and Palestine-Israel by writers, scholars and activists - Aijaz Ahmad, Meena Alexander, Sunaina Maira, Nivedita Menon, Ritu Menon, Sukumar Muralidharan, Seema Mustafa, Aditya Nigam, Prabhat Patnaik, Vijay Prashad, Prabir Purkayastha, A. K. Ramakrishnan, Nayantara Sahgal, Achin Vanaik and herself.
From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity is from LeftWord Books, 210 pages in paperback.
In 1948, Israel was created on Palestinian land. Palestinians lost their homes and villages; huge numbers were expelled; they became refugees elsewhere or in their own land. In 1967, the West Bank and Gaza were also occupied by Israel.
For more than five decades now, Palestinians have suffered the violent and unjust realities of occupation. Not only does India have strong historical ties with the Arab world; but also the Indian freedom movement saw the struggle of the Palestinians for a homeland as a genuine struggle against colonialism. Both Gandhi and Nehru expressed this in no uncertain terms; so, later, did the non-aligned movement. Indian policy towards Palestine shifted radically in the 1990s. Israel has now become a major supplier of arms to India; it is also part of the complicated shift in Indias relationship with America, and Indias emerging vision of itself in the world.
Akeel Bilgrami of Columbia University says "These fine essays . . . express courage and heart, but there is much more that is invaluable there is information, there is analysis, and there is constructive direction." And EPW: Writers are not soldiers but their weapons are often more effective. Githa Hariharan, a member of the Palestine solidarity committee in India has been instrumental in producing this collection of essays. From India to Palestine is not just a collection of essays though, it is a historical narrative of a principled honourable position of the great modern state of India, its founders, ideologues and leaders gone bad. The essays provide historical and analytical knowledge that is not found anywhere else easily. The book’s goal is to inform, yet it is also a call for action.
In Essays and Nonfiction, ISBN: 9789380118208, ₹295.