Routines and routinisation: Moving towards municipal elections in Mumbai, 2001–2002

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Jim Masselos examines how the BJP has dealt with governance at the local level of politics. In describing how the position of the BJP had shifted from the communal violence of late 1992 and early 1993 to a better understanding of the political and social multiplicities of Mumbai in 2001, he notes that the differences that existed in the early 1990s had become routinised over the next decade. Yet, as he goes on to show, it was a normalcy that incorporated rather than dissipated the underlying tensions that characterised the earlier period. He demonstrates this point by reference to the anniversaries of two key events that occurred in Mumbai on 6 December 2001: the remembrance by Muslims of the destruction of the Babri Masjid; and the memorial celebration by dalits of the death of their leader, Dr B. Ambedkar. As he argues, while both events occurred without any conflict within Mumbai, the city authorities handled them differently, with the dalits being privileged over the Muslims. Nonetheless, there was a recognition by both the Muslims and the authorities that neither side wanted trouble. In short, their interactions had become routinised.

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