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

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Writing About Hindu Muslim Riots in India Today

THIS is not a paper. It is a preliminary state-ment regarding some of the difficulties of writing the history of violence, more speci-fically in this instance, the history of sec-tarian violence in colonial and post-colonial India. The history of violence is written up in the historiography of modern India as aberration and as absence. Aberration in the sense that violence is treated as something removed from the general run of Indian history, its distorted form, its exceptional moment:' not the 'real' history of India at all.1 Absence

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