Religious Politics and Communal Violence (Critical Issues in Indian Politics)

Religious Politics and Communal Violence (Critical Issues in Indian Politics)

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Item Code: IDF397
Author: Edited By: Steven I. Wilkinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195672372
Pages: 454
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.8"
Weight 670 gm
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From the Jacket:

The salience of religion in Indian politics has risen sharply in the past twenty-five years leading to major outbreaks of violence, most recently in Gujarat in 2002. The selections brought together in this volume describe some of the main events during this period, and also introduce readers to different explanations scholars have put forward to answer key questions in the study of religious politics and communal violence.

The regarding in this collection offer explanations as to why religious issues become prominent in politics at some times but not at others, and why religious mobilization seems to lead communal riots and pogroms in some cases but not in many others.

Offering primarily political and institutional explanations for communal conflicts in India, the reader includes influential and lesser-known, yet significant interventions to present the most comprehensive social scientific analysis of communal violence.

Individual essays in the volume discuss religion, power, and elections, as also ethnically motivated and violent political behaviour. Is communal conflict a construction deliberately fomented by the erstwhile colonial state or modern day politicians, or is it a reflection of intense and 'primordial' communal differences?

The essays in this volume provide leading sociological, psychological, economic, and political explanation for the incidents of communal violence in Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Delhi, and elsewhere.

The second in the Critical Issues in Indian Politics series, this volume is aimed at students and scholars of Indian politics, sociology, history, and an informed lay audience consisting of journalists, activists, and policy planners.

About the Author:

Steven I. Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University.

From the back of the book

Critical Issues in Indian Politics is a series dealing with decisive events, processes, and institutions in Indian Politics. It focuses on the ideas, events, decisions, and social forces which underlie key debates and complex changes that have transformed India in the past two decades. The volumes serve both an unique introductions and comprehensive discussion aimed at undergraduate and graduate students in India and abroad who specialize in South Asian and comparative politics. They will also interest advanced researchers and scholars in the field, policymakers, and informed general readers.

Francine R. Frankel is Madan Lal Sobti Professor for the Study of Contemporary India and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India.

Zoya Hasan is Professor of Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Kanti Bajpai is Headmaster, The Doon School and former Professor of International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

List of Tables and Figures vii
Introduction 1
1. Rape at Daphnala 34
2 Partition and Violence in Mewat: Rites of Territorial and Political Passage 66
3 Privileging the Local: The 1984 Riots 91
4 Godhra: Crime against Humanity 101
5 Hindus and Muslims: Communal Relations and Cultural Integration 131
6 Communal Violence in India 149
7 Ethnic Conflict and Civil Society: India and Beyond 183
8 The Warriors 218
9 Hindu-Muslim Inter-group Relations in India: Applying Socio-Psychological perspectives 231
10 Communal Riots in Mau Nath Bhanjan 244
11 The 1992 Calcutta Riots in Historical Continuum: A Relapse into 'Communal Fury'? 272
12 The politics of Processions and Hindu-Muslim Riots 280
13 The Saffron Wave 308
14 When Local Riots are not Merely Local: Bringing the State Back in, Bijnor 1988-92 342
15 Contestation and Negotiations: Hindutva Sentiments and Temporal Interests in Gujarat Elections 377
16 Commentary: Putting Gujarat in Perspective 391
Appendix 405

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