South Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Between Ordinary Modes of Maintaining Peace and Exceptional Collective Violence: Muslim Riot Victims’ Accounts in the Relief Camps of Muzaffarnagar

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

Large-scale incidences of “communal” violence are often interpreted as resulting from primordial religious or ethnic animosity between groups, or as entirely politically-orchestrated events. Both these interpretations fail to take into account the diverse and multilayered ways in which people from different religious backgrounds relate to each other in their daily lives. In early September 2013, riots broke out between Hindu Jats and Muslims in the rural parts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, and led to the displacement of more than 40,000 Muslim villagers. This was one of the largest communal conflicts in India since the 2002 Gujarat riots, and the first of this magnitude in rural Uttar Pradesh. This presentation focuses on displaced Muslims’ perspectives on the everyday interactions and management of tensions between religious groups in their localities, before and after the riots. By examining the many ways in which villagers maintained social ties — such as through social and religious festivities, food and gift exchanges, and work — I highlight the complex and shifting strategies for living together, which usually neither result in a state of peace nor of violence. In the aftermath of exceptional collective violence, Muslim victims’ accounts of how some of these mechanisms persisted or failed bring forth a discussion on the potentialities and limits of ordinary informal mechanisms for cohabitation and maintaining order. It also brings new light on victims’ expectations towards state actors and institutions regarding conflict management.

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