Anatomy of a Pogrom

A book that remains relevant, regardless of the several years that have passed since it first appeared is Siddharth Varadarajan's Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy.

The Nanavati-Mehta judicial inquiry commission has based its conclusion that the Godhra train carnage was a “pre-planned conspiracy”. Siddharth Varadarajan's edited volume, published by Penguin in 2002, talks about the the circumstances leading up to Godhra and the violence in Ahmedabad, Baroda and rural Gujarat.
"This book is intended to be a permanent public archive of the tragedy that is Gujarat. Drawing upon eyewitness reports from the English, Hindi and regional media, citizens’ and official fact-finding commissions—and articles by leading public figures and intellectuals—it provides a chilling account of how and why the state was allowed to burn.
With an overview by the editor, the reader covers the circumstances leading up to Godhra and the violence in Ahmedabad, Baroda and rural Gujarat. Separate sections deal with the role of the police, bureaucracy, Sangh Parivar, media and the tribals, the economic and international implications of the violence, the problems of relief and rehabilitation of the victims, and, above all, their quest for justice. The picture that emerges is deeply disturbing, for Gujarat has exposed the ease with which the rights of citizens, and especially minorities, can be violated with official sanction. The lessons of the violence ought to be heeded and acted upon by the public. For, in the absence of this, can another Gujarat be prevented from happening elsewhere?"

420 pages, priced at Rs. 295, ISBN 9780143029014

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