IN A FUTURE APRIL: A NOVEL (Radical Notes 9)
It is a year before Plebiscite and the two provinces of The Lambda – The City and The Frontier – separated from each other by a gate can talk of little else. Governed by the Fairlanders, The Lambda may soon be free. The City is home to the old elite. The Frontier is a land denuded of trees, the pit of factories. The old elite are cobbled into a party, the Dongs. The Partisans urge fellow workers among school teachers, field hands, newspapermen to join the strike breaking out in the factories. At the meetings, it is also decided to rethink a new culture of politics and work, before deciding whether they are ready for freedom.
At a time when Mir, the leader of the Partisans, is still unsure about an alternative to an independent nation-state, the news that a Partisan contingent is meeting the Fairlanders raises questions among his supporters. Is Mir giving in or breaking ground? What is the value of taking a pause during a struggle? Is their final bloody manoeuvre a failure, a success or both; or can their resistance be seen in other terms? In a Future April tries to grapple with the many meanings of love, freedom, friendship, camaraderie, commitment and betrayal in the undecidable time of the Revolution.
Paramita Ghosh is a Delhi-based journalist.