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

ISBN-10: 0691151776
ISBN-13: 9780691151779
Edition: 2012
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

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. Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi witnessed the bloodshed up close. InPogrom in Gujarat, he provides a riveting ethnographic account of collective violence in which the doctrine of ahimsa--or nonviolence--and the closely associated practices of vegetarianism became implicated by legitimating what they formally disavow.Ghassem-Fachandi looks at how newspapers, movies, and other media helped to fuel the pogrom. He shows how the vegetarian sensibilities of Hindus and the language of sacrifice were manipulated to provoke disgust against Muslims and mobilize the aspiring middle classes across caste and class differences in the name of Hindu nationalism. Drawing on his intimate knowledge of Gujarat's culture and politics and the close ties he shared with some of the pogrom's sympathizers, Ghassem-Fachandi offers a strikingly original interpretation of the different ways in which Hindu proponents of ahimsa became complicit in the very violence they claimed to renounce.

List of Figures
Introduction
"Why do you leave? Fight for us!"
Word and Image
The Gujarat Pogrom
The Lack of Muslim Vulnerability
Vibrant Vegetarian Gujarat
Ahimsa, Gandhi, and the Angry Hindu
Split City Body
Heterogeneity and the Nation
Postscript
Notes
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
References
Index

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