Despite the State: The people of India

Who are they, these people of India, in whose name television anchors, politicians and assorted members of India’s voluble commentariat push their worldviews and agendas? They get called the ‘nation’, the ‘aam aadmi (common man)’ — deliberately broad labels that obscure the incredible heterogeneity of the country, per ethnicity, religion, caste, class and more, and make it easier for the State to evade questions on how its policies affect individuals.

And so, on this page, some of the folks I have met while tramping around.