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Communal Violence, Forced Migration and the State: Gujarat since 2002

Lokhande, Sanjeevini Badigar (University of Mumbai, India)

978 1 107 06544 4
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Publication date:
13 October 2016

Short description: 

This book examines the notion of citizenship for Muslims who were displaced after the Godhra violence in Gujarat in 2002.

Full description: 

When violence occurs in democracies it is often characterized as an aberration. The state that saw human rights violations and failure of law and order in Gujarat in 2002 emerged, even if by its own admission, as a model for good governance. Communal Violence, Forced Migration and the State, through an account of displaced Muslims, challenges this notion. Through the unlikely yet probing lens of displacement, it offers fresh insight into communal violence and is an important resource for the emerging domain of forced migration and the changing nature of the state in a globalized world.

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgements; Glossary of terms and abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Demography and population movements in Gujarat; 2. Vatani to Visthapit: violence and displacement in 2002; 3. Relief instead of rights: the governance of communal violence; 4. Reconstruction and rights through self-help; 5. Violence and good governance; Bibliography.


Sanjeevini Badigar Lokhande teaches at the Department of Civics and Politics at the University of Mumbai. Following her doctoral research at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, she authored a chapter and was involved with research for a collaboration between the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the London School of Economics and Political Science for their volume on Governance and the Governed. Her research interests are forced migration studies, governance and the state.




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