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Lynch Files
The Forgotten Saga of Victims of Hate Crime


March 2019 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Mohammed Akhlaq and Rakbar lynched in the name of cow protection.
Chimma, a Dalit, lynched by the mob for entering a Hindu temple.

In the recent years, the cases of mob lynching of Muslims and Dalits have increased to an alarming extent. These cases are discarded and forgotten without any justice served to the victims. The emergence of mobocracy from the roots of Hindutva and gau rakshaks has put India’s secularity and democratic constitution to test.

Lynch Files pieces together the tragic stories of the people at the receiving end of mob violence and looks inside the mind of the lynchers who flout laws with impunity. Further, the book discusses the Supreme Court judgement against lynching and tries to restore faith in the court’s capacity to curb this violence.
 
Foreword by Jignesh Mevani
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
File 1: Lynching
 
A Substitute for Communal Riots
 
Cow, a Sacred or a Political Animal?
 
The Oft-present Political Hand
 
Common Maximum Programme: Similarities in Lynching Incidents
 
Gau Rakshini Sabhas: Walk down to Nineteenth Century
 
Bhartiya Gau Raksha Dal: Part-time Professionals
 
Mind of a Gau Rakshak: All Hate, No Love?
 
File 2: Muslims: Easy Targets?
 
Omen of Things to Come
 
Dadri: Akhlaq
 
Pune: Mohsin Shaikh
 
The Gaurakshaks of Rajasthan
 
Alwar Lynchings
 
Chittorgarh Lynchings
 
Rajsamand: Afrazul
 
Horrifying Mutilations in Haryana
 
Ballabhgarh: Junaid on Delhi-Mathura Train
 
Kurukshetra: Mustain Abbas
 
Lynched and Filmed in Uttar Pradesh
 
Hapur: Qasim and Samiuddin
 
Hanged by the Mob in Jharkhand
 
Ramgarh: Alimuddin Ansari
 
Giridih: Usman Ansari
 
Latehar: Mazloom Ansari and Imtiaz
 
Killings in the Name of the Cow
 
Jammu: Sammi
 
Himachal Pradesh: Noman
 
Normalizing Lynching
 
Satna: Siraj Khan and Shakeel
 
Delhi: Rizwan, Kamil and Ashfaq
 
File 3: The Mob Now Targets Dalits
 
At the Mercy of Upper Castes
 
Hamirpur: Chimma
 
Una: The Lynchings and the Dalit Uprising
 
File 4: Lynched and Forgotten!
 
When Tragedies Were Dismissed
 
10 States and Many More Lynchings
 
File 5: Aftermath
 
Supreme Court Shows the Way
 
Desecrating Hate, Bigotry and Everything That Leads to Lynching
Key features
• Looks at the changing dynamics of socio-cultural-political landscape amidst the politics of exclusion in India. 
• Focusses on Hindutva and cow politics; its origin, its evolution; its distance from Hinduism. 
• Discusses marginalization of the minorities; their angst in the face of rampant pseudo nationalism. 
• Presents a spirit of hope and discusses how the common man/woman is holding on to the idea of India.

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