Doctoral Scholar, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration
Current study tries to explain how politics & eruption of violence shapes the lives of individual.
The state of Bengal, which had remained immune to communal tension even at the peak of religious polarization during the nineties, witnessed a spate of communally-charged clashes last year, reports of communal rioting in at least four districts in Bengal during Muharram and Dussehra. The study is based on a case study based on interview of the residents of Burdwan and Halisahar from West Bengal. Power equation 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 in-depth interview of the residents provides a number of details about the conflict and the role of politics in vigilante behavior. The most crucial fact came into light is that many people are changing their political identity as per the need of the time to gain favor. Communal conflagrations do not occur suddenly. It takes time, it takes planning. It has multiple reasons which unfold over weeks, months and years. What has changed in the state which has had a long history of being riot-free under successive Left Front governments? Individuals with specific interests 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 for political benefit by the political parties. Almost 2000 people from both the communities have left the disturbed area under study. 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 through narrative presented by the residents.