ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Understanding Communal Violence-Nizamuddin Riots

Understanding Communal Violence Nizamuddin Riots Pradip Datta, Biswamoy Pati, Sumit Sarkar, Tanika Sarkar, Sambuddha Sen Secular and progressive forces have employed fairly well established explanations for communal violence. At the operative level it is seen as the handiwork of criminals assisted by the communalised law and order machinery. At a more generalised level it is seen as distorted class struggle. Consequently the masses and the elite are exempted from complicity and communalism is always located as an exterior force. This study of the communal tension that erupted in Nizamuddin in south Delhi on March 17 this year, extending the geographical scope of its investigation beyond the locality itself questions the adequacy of the conventional reading in comprehending the phenomenon.

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