"A timely collection of reports on violence in a land formally pledged to Mahatama Gandhiís philosophy of non-violence." (Khushwant Singh)
The author, one of Indiaís best-known journalist, visited numerous riot-torn cities, towns and villages- Jamshedpur, Moradabad, Sarhupur, Meerut-to discover what lay behind the outbreaks of communal and caste violence that have taken place in India after Partition. In ĎRiot after Riotí, he finds that the basic cause for the communal frenzy is the same: poverty, economic deprivation and a history which has been perverted and misused by religious zealots. M.J. Akbar has the journalistís eye for the revealing instance, but he also possesses the historianís sense of the deeper trends- and he uses these gifts to provide an illuminating study of the violence beneath and on the surface of the land of Gandhi.