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The Anatomy Of Hate

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‘The most terrifying truth about a mob is not that we can’t understand how they operate, but that... Read More

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‘The most terrifying truth about a mob is not that we can’t understand how they operate, but that we can.’

What makes a man stand by and watch violence being done to another? What does a woman do after her husband has killed a pregnant stranger? What latent tensions and complexes did the instigators of violence draw upon to unleash the carnage of 28 February 2002?

Investigations into mass violence in India, and Gujarat 2002 in particular, have focused on the consequences, the victims, the political apparatus. The mob has always been a faceless, unidimensional machine. But the act of turning around and looking at individuals from that crowd changes everything. If we see the mob as amorphous and their hate as shifting, given to complex personal motivations and vulnerabilities, we are much closer to understanding it—and to opening up conversations that can lead to change.

Revati Laul’s unforgettable narrative, built on a decade’s worth of research and interviews, is the very first account of the perpetrators of 2002—and a crucial new addition to the literature on violence.

‘Choice, however, is a vexing word. What part of choice applies when a tidal wave of anger tears through a state? What part of it is the moment, the madness, the collective, and what part individual, personal history?’

Product Details

Title: The Anatomy Of Hate
Author: Revati Laul
Publisher: Westland Publications
ISBN: 9789387894204
SKU: BK0416512
EAN: 9789387894204
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Revati Laul is an independent journalist and film-maker based in New Delhi. She started her career in television with NDTV, and has more recently shifted to print, writing for Tehelka, The Quint, the Hindustan Times among others. This is her first book.

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