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Narendra Modi's Directive to the Press

The print media, bar sections of the Gujarati press in Ahmedabad, have done the nation proud by its objective coverage of the Gujarat carnage. So have the electronic media. Rattled by the bad press it has been getting, the Narendra Modi government has asked three news agencies in Ahmedabad to put out positive stories to refurbish the government's image and thereafter to act as informers on which newspapers print the planted features and which do not.

Ahmedabadi Youth

Attempted below is a profile of the 'Hindu terrorist' of Ahmedabad, referred to here as the Ahmedabadi youth. Among middle class semi-educated youth whose expectations and fantasies have been whetted by numerous developments internal and external to the community, rage follows if desires are unfulfilled. Such a situation is fertile ground for the Lie - partial truths, limited truths and untruths skilfully woven into a texture that obscures, misleads and incites - to take root and fester. There are several reasons that might explain why this happens.

The Speaker's Election

In spite of the anti-communal rhetoric of the opposition, Manohar Joshi walked to the Lok Sabha speaker's chair in all royal glory. To have put a Shiv Sena man in that seat right when the communal carnage is going on in Gujarat is, to say the least, a tragic mockery. The opposition has a lot to answer for.

The Vedic Taliban

The fact that Ustad Faiyaz Hussain Khan's composition is played in Hindu temples made no impression on those who destroyed his statue in Baroda. All that mattered was that he was a Muslim.

Gujarat Violence: Meaning and Implications

For years to come, the recent communal violence in Gujarat is going to remain a reference point in identity narratives about the 'self' and the 'other'. Therefore, the different narratives of the violence discussed here, along with their internal nuances, will continue to shape and influence collective memories. In a sense, these narratives, in the larger context of the environmental factors, will influence the political orientations of the people.

Passing Blame on Godhra Muslims

A history of 'anti-national' activity is being woven for Godhra putting together a series of incidents from the past. A clear examination of one such incident of 1928 reveals that as in February 2002, then too the hostility was rooted in pernicious but local political traditions, requiring only a spark to prompt a sudden and tragic escalation of violence.

Communal Upheaval as Resurgence of Social Darwinism

There can be no two opinions about the well-entrenched nature of the Hindutva movement and its predecessors in Gujarat, strongly opposed to communal harmony and to the design of society as a melting pot of diverse and open-ended social segments. However, this explanation of the recent tragic events in the state has to be contextualised within the changing political economy of Gujarat. The comments that follow relate to Ahmedabad, the primary location of many of the horrors that have been reported.

Caste, Hindutva and Hideousness

The Hindutva movement has made serious attempts to forge a unity among Hindus, without disturbing the relative power relations among the castes. The Sangh parivar, for all its rhetoric on upliftment of the dalits, hardly ever raises a voice against castebased discrimination or atrocities against dalits. This ambivalent attitude has led to considerable disenchantment and confusion among the dalits which is exacerbated during times of tension.


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