A 'Normal' Anomaly: Displacement due to Communal Violence in Gujarat
The fleeing of lakhs of Muslims from their homes in Gujarat during the 2002 violence and their subsequent relocation in "resettlement colonies" or in places of Muslim concentration has been termed migration by the state and displacement by human rights organisations. This article revisits the events of that year to examine the displacement/migration question. Taking a cue from Hannah Arendt it argues that displacement raises the larger question of guaranteeing the rights of minorities against majoritarian impulses and examines the proposed Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011 in this light.
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