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Jamshedpur Circa 1979: How A Riot Led To BJP’s Emergence As An Independent Political Force

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Jamshedpur Circa 1979: How A Riot Led To BJP’s Emergence As An Independent Political Force

Vikram Raj revisits the riots that tore the industrial city of Jamshedpur in 1979 when Hindu fanatics held the entire city to ransom, killing more than 100 people, including children and women

A City Torn Asunder: A woman worker at the Tata Steel plant Photo: Getty Images

Hazrat-e-īshā ko salīb par latkā diyā gayā hai,    
ākhiri kīl thoki jā rhī hai, khat khat khat,     
ye āwāz mere samāt se mushtaqil takrā rahī hai, khat khat khat.    
mujhe radio ke liye talk likhnā hai, jiskā unvān hai qaumī yak-jehti,    
maiñ apne pad par bas itnā hī likh pāyā hūñ,    
qaumī yak-jehtī, khat khat khat  
 

(Jesus has been hanged on the cross,
The last nail is being hammered with the sound khat, khat, khat
And the sound is continuously hitting my ears, khat, khat, khat
I have to write a talk for radio titled ‘Communal Solidarity’
And till now, I just wrote this on my Pad
Communal Solidarity, khat, khat, khat...)

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