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In the Hindutva Laboratory: Pogroms and Politics in Gujarat, 2002

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2008

HOWARD SPODEK
Affiliation:
Department of History, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Abstract

Communal violence wracked the state of Gujarat and the city of Ahmedabad once again in 2002, leaving some 2,000 people dead. Because the ruling BJP party had proclaimed Gujarat the ‘Laboratory of Hindutva’, analysts throughout India saw the violence as BJP policy and debated its possible spillover effects elsewhere. This paper finds that in a period already marked by stressful economic and cultural change and attended by political uncertainty, some BJP leaders gambled that an attack on Gujarat's Muslims, and on the rule of law in general, would attract followers and voters. Their gamble proved correct at least in the short run. This paper examines the cultural, social, geographical and educational restructuring that is occurring, through legal and illegal struggles, and the impact of the violence upon these processes. It examines the declining status of Muslims as a result of continuous propaganda against them. It analyzes the degree to which the state was damaged as a result of the decision for violence and asks about the degree to which leaders do, or do not, wish to ‘put it behind them’, and suggests that Ahmedabad's problems are widely shared in both the developing and developed worlds.

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115 See for example Modi's introductory letter of commendation to Manohar Lal Batham. Aatankvaad: Padakar ane Sangharsh [Terrorism: Challenge and Response] (Ahmedabad: Gurjar Grantha Ratna Karyalay, 2005). Also see Sheth, Pravin. Aatankvad: Padkar, Pratikar, ane Parivartan [Terrorism: Challenge, Resistance, and Revolution] (Jersey City, NJ: Gujarat Foundation, 2003)Google Scholar. In revised form, this book has been published with co-author Parekh, Bhikhu, in English, as Global Terrorism: Melting Borders, Hardened Walls (Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2005)Google Scholar.

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118 Cf. the pronouncement of Hareshbhai Bhatt, vice-president of the Bajrang Dal in Bunsha, p. 31.

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123 Varadarajan, p. 23 cited from Asian Age, 7 June 2002.

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130 Times of India, 15 June 2006.

131 The Greater Common Good (Ahmedabad: Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute, n.d.).

132 Interviews with the authors.

133 (Bombay: India Book Distributors, 1999). This essay was subsequently re-published as an essay in a larger volume, Arundhati Roy. The Cost of Living (New York: Modern Library, 1999).

134 See IPI Global Journalist Online http://www.globaljournalist.org/archive/Magazine/Rhyme-19994q.html. Also personal observation of the disappearance of the book from the bookstore and conversation with the bookstore owner.

135 Dionne Bunsha, “Heights of Intolerance.” Frontline, 16 June 2006. http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2311/stories/200606163110800.htm

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Ibid

137 Times of India, 26 January 2007.

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139 Times of India, 17 June 2006.

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141 In response to the Vice Chancellor's actions, the highly respected civil-rights activist Achyut Yagnik said, ‘In most universities Vice Chancellors are with the RSS. They are political appointees and try to be more loyal than the king. There is intellectual poverty here’. Frontline, 1 June 2007. http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2410/stories/20070601004903000.htm

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146 The Hindu (online), 17 October 2005.

147 Quoted in Joanne Omang, “Women's Union in India Buttles state charges,” in Women's e News, Jun 22, 2006. http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/2610/context/archive

148 Government of Gujarat. Note on Jeevika Project. This note was posted on GoG website, removed after the Jeevika project was closed.

149 Interviews with several leaders of SEWA.

150 Times of India, 16 June 2006.

152 Translation is by Jayant Joshi, the playwright's father. As yet, neither the play nor the translation has been published.

154 Times of India, 1 July 2006.

155 Ibid.

Ibid.

156 Dionne Bunsha, “Probe or Persecution.” in Frontline, 23 May 2003, XX(10). http://www/frontlineonnet.com/fl2010/stories/20030523003403900.htm

157 Praveen Swami, “A circle of Hute,” Frontline, 11–24 October 2003, XX(21). http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2021/stories/20031024002705500.htm

158 Ibid.

Ibid.

159 The Hindu (online), 10 January 2006.

160 Times of India, 15 July 2006.

161 Times of India, 2 August 2006.

162 The Hindu (online), 29 January 2007.

163 Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, p. 37. http://www.uscirf.gov/countries/publications/currentreport/2002report.pdf

164 Ibid.

Ibid.

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167 Dionne Bunsha, “Taking on Modi,” Frontline, 15–28 July 2006, XXIII(14). http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2314/stories/20060728002803400.htm

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170 Times of India, 15 September 2003, cited in Robinson, p. 226.

171 The Hindu (online), 16 October 2005, http://www.hindu.com/2005/10/16/stories/2005101605480800.htm

172 Times of India, 21 July 2006.

174 Interview with the Chief Minister, 17 August 2006. Questions about 2002 were designated as out-of-bounds. For a similar interview and similar responses, compare Jo Johnson, “Radical Thinking,” Financial Times, 30 March 2007. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/24b366ca-dcc9-11db-a21d-000b5df10621.html

176 http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2006/12/23/stories/2006122302891900.htm. The business community of Ahmedabad was one of Modi's staunchest advocates. In February 2003, when national leaders of the Confederation of Indian Industries publicly criticized Modi and Gujarat, a group of leading Gujarati industrialists objected so strongly that CII Director General Tarun Das flew to Gandhinagar on 6 March and apologized on behalf of his organization. Times of India, 7 March 2003.

177 Times of India, 1 August 2006 and 14 August 2006.

178 Personal interview, 21 August 2006. On the fifth anniversary of the Godhra conflagration, Patel told the Reuters news service, “Gujarat today is about good governance, pro-active bureaucracy, solid infrastructure.” http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2007–2-27T105047Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-289315-1.xml

179 Interview with Pankaj Patel, 21 August 2006.

180 Shakeel Akhtar, “Old Scars Yet to Heal in Gujarat,” BBC News online, 26 February 2007 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6396223.stm

181 E-mail communications from Bimal Patel (10 March 2007) and Hanif Lakdawala (9 April, 11 April, 2007).

182 E-mail communication, 9 April 2007.

183 Akhtar.

184 Report on Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community of India, Rajinder Sachar, chair, New Delhi, November 2006.

185 Dionne Bunsha, “Modi's Mandate” Frontline, 05–18 January 2008, XXV(01). http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2501/stories/20080118509812400.htm

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In the Hindutva Laboratory: Pogroms and Politics in Gujarat, 2002
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