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The Origins of Communalism

Issues of Communal Violence: Causes and Responses by Irfan Engineer (Mumbai: Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution), 2013; pp 51, Rs 150.

In his Issues of Communal Violence: Causes and Responses, Irfan Engineer discusses the societal conditions that bring about and perpetuate communal riots in modern India. Most of the time, Engineer’s analysis strikes an effective balance between theoretical and empirical explanations; he discusses the nature of communalism, but also provides ample proof of his reasoning by citing scholarly studies and documented incidents from Godhra 2002, Mumbai 1992, and many other instances of communal violence. In a few sections, however, Engineer’s explication of particulars regarding the formation of riots seems a bit simplistic. Overall, however, Issues of Communal Violence is a persuasive text, one that disentangles many issues often confused in media and popular discourse surrounding riots today.

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