Doctoral scholar, National institute of Educational Planning and Administration
Changes in community relation during communal violence
The state of Bengal, which had remained immune to communal tension even at the peak of religious polarisation during nineties, witnessed a spate of communally-charged clashes in 2016., reportso of communal routing in at least four district in bungalow during muharram and dussahra . The study is based on a case study on the residents of burdwan and halisahar from West Bengal. Community participation and community relations of the area under study has had a tremendous amount of change. The researcher had done content analysis of the local newspaper article as well as the indepth interview of the residents provides a number of details about the conflict, the changes in power equation between the communities and the role of politics in vigilante behaviour. The most crucial fact that came into light is that many people are changing political identity as per the need of time to gain favour. Communal conflagration do not occur suddenly. Ithe takes time, it takes planning. It has multiple reasons which unfolds over weeks, months and years. What hashe changed in the state which has had a long history of being root free under successive left front government? Individuals with specific interest work as a catalyst, while political parties use such individuals. The administration did not pay any heed to the incidents happened from past two years and the tension between the Hindu and Muslim are used as a political tool by political parties for their political benefits. Almost 2000 people from both the communities have left the disturbed area under study during the communal tension. The hate mongering and use of social media in the clash is also a matter of concern. The researcher tries to explore every aspect of the communal clash, changes in community equation, and changes in power structure through narrative presented by the residents.