Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection is a graphic account of the most famous political sit-in of recent times, which started on one side of a public thoroughfare in Delhi in December 2019 and continued till March 2020 when it was cleared by the police after the government declared a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Shaheen Bagh tells the story of the Muslim women who started the protest that became the catalyst for a pan-India political movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). Based on conversations and interviews with the women who were part of the protest, Ita Mehrotra’s graphic narrative archives moments from a movement that spread like wildfire through the length and breadth of the country and continues to inspire voices of dissent.
Through the portrayal of women’s stories in image and word, we re-enter some of the many poignant dialogues, debates and questions that were raised about citizenship, democracy and minority rights, over the course of the movement. Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection brings alive the protest that lasted 101 days and forever changed the way women’s role in movements would be seen and understood.
“Ita Mehrotra’s book provides a fantastic street-level view of the iconic women’s protest against the Indian government’s show-me-your-papers legislation for its citizens. Shaheen Bagh reminds me of the fearless strength people can find in solidarity.” JOE SACCO
“In this moving, loving tribute to the women of Shaheen Bagh, Ita Mehrotra reminds us of the flame of courage that ordinary people can ignite in extraordinary times. At the darkest hour, it is this memory of light that keeps hope alive.” AMITA BAVISKAR