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Khurja Riots 1990-91-Understanding the Conjuncture

Khurja Riots 1990-91 Understanding the Conjuncture Uma Chakravarti, Prem Chowdhury, Pradip Dutta, Zoya Hasan, Kumkum Sangari, Tanika Sarkar Elections have become an increasingly central element in the conjunctures which have produced communal riots. In Khurja in 1990-91 tension and violence mattered much more to Hindu communal parties than to other national political parties who have also been responsible for using them for electoral gain. Given the long-term strategy of the BJP to capture power at the centre, the Ramjanmabhoomi campaign alone was insufficient: though it could demonstrate that Hindu sentiments had not been 'respected' by the state, it could not establish that Hindus were physically endangered. Therefore while the campaign organised Hindu consciousness and 'ideological' needs around a central symbol and a projected act of violence, the accompanying riots tried to orchestrate the need for 'protecting' and 'preserving' Hindu interests against the projected threat from Muslims.

The Woman as Communal Subject-Rashtrasevika Samiti and Ram Janmabhoomi Movement

Rashtrasevika Samiti and Ram Janmabhoomi Movement Tanika Sarkar One of the most striking features of the recent Hindutva movement has been the foregrounding of the militantly communal Hindu woman in a variety of unprecedented ways. Nor is this phenomenon a flash in the pan. The BJP has located women along with SC/STs as a primary target area for the coming times.

Reflections on Birati Rape Cases-Gender Ideology in Bengal

Reflections on Birati Rape Cases Gender Ideology in Bengal Tanika Sarkar If the original socialist critiques of bourgeois decadence also included a critique of modern patriarchy, then by now, and among us, it has become a deferred, almost forgotten connection. While Left organisations do resist features of patriarchal domesticity in their practical work, if official statements continue to formulate problems in bureaucratic, even sexist language, then not only do practical gains go unexploited, they give way to fundamental, theoretical distortions within practice itself An analytical comment on the CPI(M)'s response to the Birati rape case.

Understanding Communal Violence-Nizamuddin Riots

Understanding Communal Violence Nizamuddin Riots Pradip Datta, Biswamoy Pati, Sumit Sarkar, Tanika Sarkar, Sambuddha Sen Secular and progressive forces have employed fairly well established explanations for communal violence. At the operative level it is seen as the handiwork of criminals assisted by the communalised law and order machinery. At a more generalised level it is seen as distorted class struggle. Consequently the masses and the elite are exempted from complicity and communalism is always located as an exterior force. This study of the communal tension that erupted in Nizamuddin in south Delhi on March 17 this year, extending the geographical scope of its investigation beyond the locality itself questions the adequacy of the conventional reading in comprehending the phenomenon.

Nationalist Iconography Image of Women in 19th Century Bengali Literature

Rather belatedly, historians have started to explore how, within a subaltern domain of politics (distinct from the mainstream of Congress leadership), women created a separate and problematic space for themselves. We still need to fill out our notions about how these processes and departures were conceptualised on the basis of new, sacred principles that nationalists constructed to re-order terms of human relationships.

Teachers Strike The DUTA Experience

Experience Tanika Sarkar Sumit Sarkar Pradip Kumar Datta Few middle class professions have been able to sustain a strike for such a long time in the face of a two-month long wage cut as the Delhi University teachers have done. An exceptionally high level of direct democracy has provided the underpinning for such resilience.


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