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

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Bomb Blasts Verdict: No Closure Yet

A little over 13 years after the serial bomb blasts of March 12, 1993 killed 257 in what was then Bombay and left 700 injured, the specially designated Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court has handed down its convictions. A hundred of the accused have been convicted including a larger-than-life film star, yet the larger trial can be far from over until the state brings to book the accused in the 1992-93 riots, which preceded the bomb blasts and in which the Muslim community of Bombay was targeted.

The train of devastation in the city that followed the destruction of the Babri masjid in December 1992 – riots and firing in the aftermath of the demolition, the widespread violence in the city in January 1993 and then the bomb blasts– caused much more than physical and economic damage. The divide in Mumbai between the Muslims and the rest of the populace sharpened and if anything has only widened since then. Despite the establishment of mohalla peace committees, the walls of distrust between the Hindus and Muslims have grown higher and a ghettoisation of the minority community is now almost complete.

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