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Seminar on Forest Bill

Political Reading of Calcutta Riots IN her article (August 27). Ishita Mukhopadhyay has done an economic analysis of the impact of the 1992 communal riots in Calcutta on the urban informal sector. The quantitative estimates of this study show that "the part of the informal sector that is tied to the formal sector suffered a greater loss of economic viability than the independent units". With the help of this quantitative analysis, Mukhopadhyay concludes that "riots are manifestations of attack on poor by vested interests and are never free of class bias". This conclusion is quite consistent with the author's faith in the "strong resistance movements against communal violence" in West Bengal and the "political will" of the Left Front government. But the world of statistics often hides significant political truths. My intervention is essentially concerned with highlighting the political reality in West Bengal in the light of the 1992 riots in Calcutta and its neighbourhood.

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