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Lynch Files

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
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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ISBN: 9789353282196