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India: The new art of communal violence in operation to manufacture a “perfect riot”, media report

November 9, 2014 | By

New Delhi: A detailed news-report by FirstPoint maintains that a new art of triggering “communal violence” is being applied in India to create communal polarizations. The report says “[t]he communal tension in Trilokpuri in East Delhi, Bawana in the West, Majnu ka Tilla in the North and Okhla in the South in recent weeks reveals a crucial development in the art of engineering communal trouble for immediate benefit: sophistication. Creating a communal frenzy leading to violent incidents is passé – these are difficult to control and the consequences are often difficult to manage. The new idea is to create a context, latch on to even minor incidents involving communities and provide it a communal colour. It’s effective as it has limited impact, the targeting is more accurate and when violence erupts it does not spread beyond affected localities”.

The report quotes Dr Hilal Ahmed, assistant professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), that it was also a well-thought-out plan to ignite only spark, not fire.

“Post Gujarat riots, three important characteristics of communal violence have emerged: organised, initially limited and insertion of the communal discourse at a later stage. Initially, the troubles in Trilokpuri and Bawana were not of communal nature. But communal colour was given to the incidents” Dr Hilal Ahmed said.

The report quotes Professor Saroj Giri, who teaches political science in Delhi University, says, “It is clear that the incidents in Trilokpuri and Bawana were orchestrated as part of a larger political conspiracy to polarise communities and heighten communal tensions in the run up to possible Delhi assembly elections in the near future. These set of events are in line with similar actions by communal forces elsewhere in the country that have resulted in riots and communal polarisation, for electoral gain.”

Tirlokpuri violence 2014

Tirlokpuri (Delhi) violence 2014

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The new art of communal violence: Here’s how to manufacture a perfect riot

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