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Pogrom in GujaratHindu Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence in India$
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Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151762

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151762.001.0001

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Word and Image

Word and Image

(p.59) Chapter 2 Word and Image
Pogrom in Gujarat

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Princeton University Press

This chapter illustrates how a paradigmatic structure emerged in the news coverage of February 28, 2002 and the following days, in which the depth of a story is constructed not through certainty of fact or evidence but through allusion and accumulated suggestion. One person's suggestion is supplemented by another person's insinuation that, in turn, results in a tale without closure told repeatedly. The word imagery throughout Sandesh is generally one of sacrifice, blood, revenge, and martyrdom. While pretending to describe violence, the paper is actually mobilizing for it through word suggestions and evocations. The chapter looks at the overlapping of three discrete themes: the fear of terrorism (the ISI, or Pakistani intelligence services), traditional ritual practices and butchering, and the register of the supernatural.

Keywords:   news coverage, accumulated suggestion, insinuation, word imagery, Sandesh, violence, terrorism, ISI, Pakistani intelligence services

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