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

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1984 Riots and Indian Polity

1984 Riots and Indian Polity UMA CHAKRAVARTI ('Victims, Neighbours and Watan', October 15 ) very cogently presents the sense of betrayal felt by a community in the aftermath of the 1984 riots. She reaches the disturbing conclusion that one group of people (Sikhs) now feel relatively secure because the heat has been turned on another group, especially after the December 1992 demolition. The whole picture gets more incomprehensible for the victims because the state and the immediate community (neighbourhood) were often collaborators in and perpetrators of the violence. In normal circumstances the state and the immediate community are often the lines of defence against such madness. However the reasons for what happened and why it happened and why no redressal is in sight for the victims must be sought in what has been happening to Indian politics over the years.

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