Contemporary Bengal has seen several strategic attempts to convert its multicultural society to a monolithic one. The century’s old tendencies to attack Bengali folk singers the Baul-Fakirs in the name of societal chastity have now become even more perilous. Political religion has become a structural machinery which by using a variety of mechanisms of conflict and compromise targets the localized religious expressions, ‘destroys’ and constructs the monolith. Incidents in Rejinagar, Hulaspur and in some other places in Murshidabad district of West Bengal provide us chronicles of torture.Read more
Bhatpara, is one of the most prominent names in the existing map of communal conflict in West Bengal. Over the years through various published and unpublished studies AAMRA has noted that Jute-mill led settlements along the river Hooghly is quite prone to communal polarisation and identity – led conflicts. This is a longitudinal study of exploring the identity consolidation in and around Bhatpara region through a series of fieldworks. This study unravels the complex politics-identity interface through intensive study of facts and artefacts. We have intentionally kept some of the raw nature of the data as there are more inconclusive questions than the answer to what happened in Bhatpara over the years. There are multiple narratives, perspectives and dimensions of each of the phenomena that have rocked the political and everyday spectrum of West Bengal.
Communalism Communal Politics Religious polarisation Conflict Political Conflict Bhatpara Kankinara West Bengal BJP TMC Riot Violence Political Violence Religious Violence Hindu Muslim Riot North 24 Parganas Ram Navami Ram Navami riot Arjun singhRead more
The communal violence in Telinipara in Hooghly district of West Bengal occurred amidst the raging pandemic during the lockdown in early May 2020. We can call this violence as, ‘Communalism in the time of Pandemic’. Everyone knows there were unrest, conflict and communal violence. But what actually happened in Telinipara? What triggered the violence and what is its immediate and far-reaching effect? This is the second report by AAMRA— a study group on Conflict and Coexistence, of their series of report on post-Ramnavami riots in West Bengal.Read more