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Communal Violence and Inter-Community Relations

by Manoj Kumar Jha. Social Action,  Jan-Mar 2010

The submission of the voluminous report of the Liberhan Commission and the consequent noise and contentious positions impel us to look at the fragmentation of the communities and societies in recent times. It also wants us to look at the divergent frames of the private and thepublic memory before and after the demolition of the Babri Masjid seventeen years back. The available social data undoubtedly underlines that the worst of the violent episodes in recent times have occurred when the criminal aggression got "ritualised", meaning thereby that theperpetrators had nothing to fear and nothing to feel bad about, for it was all intrinsically devised as a set of rituals and supposedly with the consensus of a majority. The blurring lines between ritualised violence and brutal criminal violence indicate a major shift in the socio-cultural framework governing distantiation and sequently, the formation of the disparaged others category who are summarily denigrated as people, they are presented as entities who absolutely lack values and principles which are integral to our persona. In fact, the agitation whichwas led from the front by the VHP/BJP and RSS leaders witnessed substantial ruptures in inter-community relations in almost every part of India. Expression of violence brute physical and psychological, were just the natural corollary of a politics which frequently changed the garbs of religion, culture, politics and social reconstruction.


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