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27 Sep, 2013

Yet another doctored riot – Hindustan Times

By Harsh Mander, Director, Centre for Equity Studies

People of diverse faiths who live together do not spontaneously turn against each other. There are three requisites for mass communal violence to occur.

The first is the deliberate manufacture of hatred. The second is the manufacture of a ‘riot’. The third is a complicit State: no riot can continue beyond a few hours unless the state actively wishes that it does so.

I visited Muzaffarnagar as part of a Centre for Policy Analysis fact-finding team, with Seema Mustafa, Sukumar Muralidharan, EN Rammohan, Kamal Mitra Chenoy and John Dayal. We were deeply dismayed to find striking evidence of each of these elements combining to violently divide communities that have lived and worked together peacefully through generations.

Read the rest: Yet another doctored riot – Hindustan Times.