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Riots and After in Mumbai

Riots and After in Mumbai
Chronicles of Truth and Reconciliation

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© 2011 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Riots and After in Mumbai provides a synoptic record of events in Mumbai, focusing essentially on the history of riots in the city. Using this framework, it attempts to understand the sociopolitical and cultural realities of present-day Mumbai through a collection of narratives of the people affected by the communal riots of 1992-93.

The author uses a novel approach, combining historical records from the pre-Independence era (1893-1945) and personal interviews of both Muslims and Hindus living in the city. It also looks into the political manipulations that ordinary people of both communities alike are subjected to by the ruling powers and political parties.

This book will help the reader form a bridge between the Mumbai's past and present in order to better understand the relations between the two communities. On the one hand it undercuts the cosmopolitan image that the city holds, and on the other, speaks volumes of the reconciliation-without any real justice-that has happened over the years in the minds of the people who live together despite much brutality and strife.

The City of Gold  
Cow Protection, Temple, and Mosque Disputes Go Way Back: A Chronicle of the Communal Riots in the Bombay Presidency  
Jogeshwari Riots: Old Wounds, New Ghettos  
Extended Ghettoes: Naya Nagar  
Displacement and Polarisation  
Loss of Livelihood  
Perceptions of Justice  

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. This book will remain significant for a number of reasons: Firstly, the author expresses the importance of not letting events hang loose as fragments of history — they have to be recovered and represented in a way that helps people make important linkages with the past. Secondly, fascinating in itself, amazing archival material pieced together to trace the history of communal strife in the city. Thirdly, the  author looks at the status of cases registered during the riots, as well as the status of the Shrikrishna Commission Report, fourteen years after its completion.

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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.

The Book Review, Vol 37, March 2013

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