ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Battle for Justice and Democracy

The acquittal of the 26 people found guilty for the Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre of 1997 by the Patna High Court is a grave miscarriage of justice. This article traces the events of that time and the manner in which the ruling of the sessions court, finding these accused guilty, was overturned. It argues that Bihar does not witness a "caste war", rather it is a situation where mainstream political parties have supported and defended sustained violence against the dalits and lower castes, the landless and the powerless by the likes of the Ranveer Sena.

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