ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Bijnor Riots, October 1990-Collapse of a Mythical Special Relationship

The Bijnor Riots, October 1990 Collapse of a Mythical Special Relationship? Roger Jeffery Patricia M Jeffery Can the Bijnor riots just be blamed on the machinations of the Sangh parivar or are there more deep-rooted issues at work? Can the violence be attributed to economic interests posing as religious ones? Different aspects of these arguments are examined and found wanting. The longer-term consequences of the violence for the future of communal relations in Bijnor are not hopeful as Bijnor experiences a 'criminalisation of politics' with its ethnic competition and collective violence as an integral component Despite the fact of close interrelationships on a daily basis, people are increasingly seeing themselves and others in 'communal' terms. Muslims will continue to suffer most from this 'crisis of government'

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