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

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Identity, Communal Consciousness and Politics

To what extent do different cross-sections of society subscribe to the communal ideologies which provide legitimacy to communal riots ? To answer this question we need to explore people's perceptions on communal divisions and related issues. An attempt is made in this paper to examine individual identity and communal consciousness and their manifestation in the political arena through a survey of people from different parts of Surat city which witnessed communal riots in December 1992 soon after the demolition of Babri masjid.

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