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|Title:||1984 Riots: A Case Study for Understanding Communal Violence|
|Keywords:||School of Habitat Studies|
|Abstract:||Indian state, adopted secularism but also the freedom to every individual to profess and practise their religion under article 25 of the Constitution. Thereafter it granted equal rights for all citizens irrespective of their caste, creed or race. It prioritized Citizenship over religion and ethnicity. However the impacts of the partition were that communal feelings had implanted its roots in India. Post –Independent India saw many manifestations of ethnic and religious conflict. The minority have constantly been targeted and impacted with great losses. This study is a case specific study of the 1984 riots in northern India 27 years after the event. This riot is in common parlance termed as the Anti-Sikh Riot, although many find satisfaction in the term organized carnage or genocide. It began on the 31st on October and continued for four days after this till 3rd November. It is an unread chapter in history where survivors of the carnage continue to wait for justice. It was a time when secularism shed all pretensions, as an easily identifiable minority was The focus of this study is basically to understand how communal animosities are built within communities and how these are manifested in times of riots. The factors that instigated people to be the part of a mob, and also to understand the institutional mechanisms that facilitate mob to rampage freely without fear and go without punishment.|
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