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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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(p.273) Postscript
Pogrom in Gujarat

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter looks at the aftermath of the pogrom in 2002. Since then, almost every year has seen small altercations such as stone throwing between residents in specific areas of the city. Most of these skirmishes never make it into the newspapers and are part of a strange local status quo—the nooks and crannies of local communal aggregation in urban space. To allude to these episodes too directly makes one suspicious, as it disturbs the comfortable arrangement of low-intensity tension in designated urban areas, which can be manipulated whenever the need arises. It also confirms stereotypes about Dalit and Muslim communities that circulate locally. Those who talk of the violence might be accused of being instruments of some malignant anti-Gujarati plots intended to deride the state's fabulous economic development or, worse, of being anti-Hindu.

Keywords:   2002 pogrom, urban spaces, communal aggregation, low-intensity tension, Muslim communities, Dalit, anti-Hindu, anti-Gujarati plots

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