Monday, October 16, 2006

On Gujarat

Ahmedabad-based sociologist Shiv Vishvanathan on Gujarat'2002: “What happened in Gujarat was a mini Rwanda: your neighbour raped you; people killed between 9 and 6 and went home singing. It was like a football match where the Hindus won. There remains festivity around it, the state denies victimhood, and there is no erasure.” State acquiescence and connivance can only partially explain such an overriding phenomenon of exclusion.

From this month's cover story on Gujarat'02 in Himal Magazine.
One of the reasons I will never ever vote for the BJP.