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The author delved deep into the archives and came up with vivid accounts of how Bombay suffered periodic communal tensions and riots since the 19th century…The author deserves credit for her original work…. Recounting history is often absorbing but here it is more agonizing.
A veteran reporter goes back to the Mumbai riots 20 years after they happened…Menon’s whole book is unvarnished; a raw, pavement-pounding investigation of how—or whether—truth and reconciliation have shaped the afterlife of a rioting, rioted-upon city two decades after the Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992....Its deeper, more literary truths all lie in between its lines, and they are not about truth and reconciliation, but about an unresolved sorrow.
Meena Menon’s treatise, Riots and after in Mumbai deals with future threats and the time bomb on which Mumbai sits. Menon provides hope by suggesting that the inner strengths of the city and the collective-cooperative character of Mumbaikars will save it from likely communal clashes…This book is a reality check, so that liberals and well-meaning optimists can overcome their complacencies to realize their ardent hopes.
The book gives ornate details of the trauma suffered by many of the victims of the carnage of 1992-93, and is a requisite read for all those who wished to understand the complex sociopolitical fabrics prevailing in the commercial capital of India.
[The book] illuminate the studyscape of riots that are darkened by sundry enticing falsehoods and dangerous half-truths with the plain truth, the author has traced, met and written the varied (poignant and defiant) tales of victims of riots. There is a strong human element here…[The author] narrates tales of ordinary persons who survived the riots in an ordinary language. The unexpected extraordinary resilience shown by so many justice-denied victims, Hindus and Muslims that has been captured by the author represents the best part of the book.
A gritty and compassionate rendering of the lives of those charred by its fires. It is both a fascinating foray into the past — looking up reams of archival material to trace the antecedents of communal riots in the city — as well as a meticulous tracking down of hundreds of victims in far-flung suburbs like Mulund and Mira Road.
The book ably demonstrates how the city has developed over the years facing communal and political violence, riots, clashes and terrorist attacks every now and then...Menon brings out interesting, important and lesser known facts about Thackrey’s association... [It] is one of the most valuable additions on the subject, dealing with entire gamut of questions related to riots and after in Mumbai. For anyone interested in the past and present of violence in Mumbai, it is a must read.