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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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Split City Body

Split City Body

(p.213) Chapter 7 Split City Body
Pogrom in Gujarat

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines experiences of separation and how they become expressed with reference to the city's hardware: its bridges, police posts, roadside temples, and the use of interstitial space for urban expiation rituals. Ahmedabad, in particular, involves a series of contradictions that mark its urban experience. Although it has witnessed calamitous events like floods, earthquakes, and communal riots, it is also, for many of the residents, a city of calm and prosperity. Divisions of the city fall into sharp relief during times of violence or in its aftermath, when one difference is able to bridge all others and becomes more prominent. The Hindu–Muslim divide is the default mode of all divisions.

Keywords:   Ahmedabad, separation, urban experience, violence, relief, Hindu–Muslim divide

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