Religion, Violence And Political Mobilisation In South Asia
by Kaur, Ravinder (Ed.)
About This Book
An oft-neglected theme in studies on communal violence is the role of the state, particularly of its institutions of law enforcement and policing. Recent experience with religion-based violence in South Asia - particularly the 2002 riots in Gujarat - has brought into sharp focus this relationship between communal violence and partisan state institutions.
The 7 essays in this anthology are written by specialists. They critically re-examine the symbolism, scale and nature of communal violence in South Asia in view of the state's changing image. Providing original ethnographic accounts from sites of violence as varied as Karachi, Aligarh, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Mumbai, this volume emphasises the comparative local complexities.
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