This website provides information and resources relating to my book about ethnic conflict in Ahmedabad, which has been published in two separate editions. The global edition, published by IB Tauris, is entitled Communalism and Sexual Violence in India: The Politics of Gender, Ethnicity and Conflict, and was released in June 2016. The South Asia edition is entitled Communalism and Sexual Violence: Ahmedabad since 1969 and was published by Tulika in January 2017.
South Asia Edition
Sexual violence has been a regular feature of communal conflict in India since independence
in 1947. The Partition riots, which saw the brutal victimization of thousands of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh women, have so far
dominated academic discussions of communal violence. This book examines the specific conditions motivating sexual crimes
against women based on three of the deadliest riots that occurred in Ahmedabad city, Gujarat, in 1969, 1985 and 2002.
Using an in-depth, grassroots-level analysis, Megha Kumar moves away from the predominant academic view that sees Hindu
nationalist ideology as responsible for encouraging attacks on women. Instead, gendered communal violence is shown to be
governed by the interaction of an elite ideology and the unique economic, social and political dynamics at work in each
instance of conflict.
In all probability, Kumar is the first social scientist to have forged an intrinsic connection between the exhortation of Hindu nationalist ideology and sexual violence
The book combines fine-grained empirical research with considerable conceptual acumen and penetrating analysis.
Megha Kumar has taken on a particularly difficult theme to write about and she writes with great honesty and meticulous