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Pogrom in Gujarat: Hindu Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence in India

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi


In 2002, after an altercation between Muslim vendors and Hindu travelers at a railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat, fifty-nine Hindu pilgrims were burned to death. The ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party blamed Gujarat's entire Muslim minority for the tragedy and incited fellow Hindus to exact revenge. The resulting violence left more than one thousand people dead—most of them Muslims—and tens of thousands more displaced from their homes. The author witnessed the bloodshed up close. This book provides a riveting ethnographic account of collective violence in which the doctrine ... More

Keywords: Hindu pilgrim, Bharatiya Janata Party, Muslims, collective violence, nonviolence, vegetarianism, sacrifice, Hindu nationalism, ahimsa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151762
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi, author
Rutgers University