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Author: Paul R Brass
Publisher: Three Essays
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188789410
These essays focus on the various forms of collective violence that have occurred in India during the past six decades, which include riots, pogroms, and genocide. It is argued that these various forms of violence must be understood not as spontaneous outbreaks of passion, but as productions by organized groups. Moreover, it is also evident that government and its agents do not always act to control violence, but often engage in or permit gratuitous acts of violence against particular groups under the cover of the imperative of restoring order, peace, and tranquility.
This has certainly been the case in numerous incidents of collective violence in India where curfew restrictions have been used for just such purposes. In this context, secularism constitutes a countervailing practice, and a set of values that are essential to maintain balance in a plural society where the organization of intergroup violence is endemic, persistent, and deadly.
On the Study of Riots, Pogroms, and Genocide
The Partition of India and Retributive Genocide in the Punjab, 1946-47 - Means, Methods, and Purposes
The Development of an Institutionalized Riot System in Meerut City, 1961 to 1982
Collective Violence, Human Rights, and the Politics of Curfew
Indian Secularism in Practice