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The Deoliwallahs by Dilip D’Souza and Joy Ma

The Deoliwallahs by Dilip D'Souza and Joy Ma
The Deoliwallahs by Dilip D'Souza and Joy Ma

From the house of Panmacmillan India comes another interesting read which is set to publish in February 2020. THE DEOLIWALLAHS: The True Story of the 1962 Chinese-Indian Internment is penned by Joy Ma and Dilip D’Souza is available for pre-order.

Joy Ma grew up and was educated in India until she left for graduate school in the US. Joy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, her mother and Willie, the family dog. She was one of a handful of children born in the Deoli internment camp in Rajasthan. Dilip D’Souza Dilip D’Souza was educated in Pilani, Providence, Delhi, Rishi Valley, Bombay, Cambridge, Austin and places in between. Once a computer scientist, he now writes for his suppers: about political and social issues, travel, sports and mathematics. His writing has won him several awards, including the Statesman Rural Reporting Award, the Outlook–Picador India Non- fiction Prize and the Newsweek–Daily Beast South Asia Commentary Prize. He has published seven books, most recently Jukebox Mathemagic: Always One More Number. Dilip lives in Bombay with his wife, children and Aziz the cat.

Humanly compelling, beautifully told … brings to light a forgotten chapter of Indian history, one we need to remember in these troubled times’ PRATAP BHANU MEHTA ‘Deeply sensitive account of the [Deoli] internment and its aftermath … a timely book’ JONATHAN GIL HARRIS ‘The Deoliwallahs reminds us that discrimination and prejudice are a country’s worst vices’ RITA CHOWDHURY ‘[Joy Ma and Dilip D’Souza] have seamlessly woven together historical facts with personal stories about how the Chinese- Indians lost the country of their birth’ YIN MARSH The untold account of the internment of 3,000 Chinese-Indians after the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Just after the Sino-Indian War of 1962, about 3,000 Chinese-Indians were sent to languish in a disused World War II POW camp in Deoli, Rajasthan, marking the beginning of a painful five-year-long internment without resolution. At a time of war with China, these ‘Chinese-looking’ people had fallen prey to government suspicion and paranoia which soon seeped into the public consciousness. This is a page of Indian history that comes wrapped in prejudice and fear, and is today largely forgotten. But over five decades on, survivors of the internment are finally starting to tell their stories. As several Indian communities are once again faced with discrimination, The Deoliwallahs records these untold stories through extensive interviews with seven survivors of the Deoli internment. Through these accounts, the book recovers a crucial chapter in our history, also documenting for the first time how the Chinese came to be in India, how they made this country their home and became a significant community, until the war of 1962 brought on a terrible incarceration, displacement and tragedy.

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