Delhi’s Agony : Essays on the February 2020 Communal Violence
Edited by Brinda Karat, Vijay Prashad
9788195354658 | PB | pp. 183 | 2021 | LeftWord Books
Delhi’s Agony is a collection of essays which analyse the violence in New Delhi in February 2020, the state of India, and larger questions of history and culture.
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There was terrible violence in North East Delhi in the last days of February 2020. Fifty-four people were killed, many were wounded, and a large number of people lost their livelihoods. No one denies the fact of the violence. What is disputed is who is responsible for the violence and how the violence must be described.
In nine sharp and insightful essays, leading writers, activists, artists, journalists, and a jurist analyse the course of events, fix culpability, diagnose the condition of our republic, and reflect on larger questions of history and culture which have brought us where we are.
This volume also contains a detailed fact-finding report on the violence, which shows that these events were triggered by the political agenda of the RSS/BJP; in particular the BJP’s losses in the Delhi elections, its determination to put an end to the anti-CAA protests, and to teach all dissenters, and minorities in particular, a lesson. The aim was also to demonize the anti-CAA protests and criminalize all protests. To call the political violence of February 2020 anything other than a pogrom is to misunderstand what happened.
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About the Editors
Brinda Karat is a Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She wrote the Introduction to the LeftWord edition of Rosa Luxemburg’s Reform or Revolution (2015).
Vijay Prashad is the Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Darker Nations: A Biography of the Short-Lived Third World, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South and Red Star Over the Third World (from LeftWord). His most recent book is Washington Bullets (LeftWord 2021). He writes regularly for Frontline, The Hindu, Alternet and BirGun. He is Chief Editor at LeftWord Books.
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