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

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Nagging Annals of the Babri Verdict

Institutional failure that led to the verdict suggests spontaneity as the sure route to escape from conviction.


Wages of Communal Violence in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli

Three years after the communal carnage in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in Uttar Pradesh, in which close to a hundred people died and an estimated 75,000 were displaced, thousands of survivors have not been able to return to their villages. Even those not directly affected, who fled in the wake of the violence, continue to live in slum-like conditions without basic services. The Aman Biradari team that surveyed these affected villages concludes that the permanent divisions between communities who once lived together peacefully represent the triumph of communal politics.

Compelling Anatomy of Communalism and Power

Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up by Rana Ayyub, published by Rana Ayyub, 2016; pp 204, ₹295.

Communal Riots: Review of 2001

Malegaon and Kanpur witnessed the most serious communal disturbances in 2001, which also saw several other riots as in previous years. The average riot in the post-Babri masjid demolition period is not as horrifying as previous ones; however, this provides little comfort. The West Bengal government, which has succeeded in maintaining communal peace, should become a role model for other states so that we achieve the goal of total amity.

Crises and Response

The recent earthquake-related deaths and property damage in Ahmedabad have evoked anger and revulsion at the shoddy practices of several builders and the complicity of government officials and institutions. Many lawsuits, both criminal and civil, have been filed against them. A similar, although far less extensive, natural catastrophe occurred during the monsoon season, 2000, when the worst floods in 60 years ravaged Ahmedabad. This paper is an analysis of the responses to the floods, of the recent history of Ahmedabad that helps to put these responses into context, and of the attempts to move public institutions in the direction of professionalism, efficiency, accountability, and transparency.

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