Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection – Ita Mehrotra


‘Ita Mehrotra’s book provides a fantastic street-level view of the iconic women’s protest against the Indian governemnt’s show-me-your-papers legislation for its citizens. Shaheen Bagh reminded of the fearless strength people can find in solidarity.’ – Joe Sacco

‘Its liquid style of telling a visual story is outstanding. This is graphic reportage for sure, but it also has an uncanny way of opening up the inner world.’ – Sarnath Banerjee

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Shaeen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection is a graphic account of the extraordinary political sit-in led by Muslim women 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.

The book voices stories of women who were part of 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, it 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 in word, we re-enter 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 the protest that lasted 101 days and forever changed the way women’s role in movements would be seen and understood.

About the Author

ITA MEHROTRA is a comics maker and researcher based out of New Delhi. Her non-fiction comics have previously been published by Zubaan Books,, Yoda Press, AdAstra Comics,, Goethe Institute and Khirkee Voice, among others. She leads creative education programmes with grassroots organisations and community schools in Delhi and Bihar.


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