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

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Taking Evidence on Communalism

Communalism Hindu-Muslim Communalism: A Panchanama by Jayant Gadkari; D D Kosambi Memorial Trust, Mumbai, 1999; pp 253, RAM PUNIYANI The issue of communal politics has been analysed from different angles. Many a scholar and social scientist has looked at the social roots of this menace and tried to unravel the causative factor of this politics. Others have focused on historical genesis of the problem. The book under review falls in the latter category. Though the post-1980 communalism as a phenomenon has some differences from the pre-partition one, most of the underlying tenets are the same. There is a superficial break in the underlying project of this politics and that causes much confusion as far as its analysis is concerned. The linkage between the post1980 and the pre-partition communal politics needs to be drawn out more meticulously to understand the

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