The tinderbox of suppressed bitterness between two communities in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts needs just a spark. A meeting between Jat and Muslim leaders on November 6 is cancelled. The proposed meeting had raised hopes that there would be efforts to build peace between the two communities. In this vitiated atmosphere of fear and rumours, there is another not so familiar story, a story that is far more significant. Of ordinary individuals who adopted a pro peace agenda from day one. An agenda that needed extraordinary courage. Sutapa Deb reports.
While Radhika Bordia discovered Muzaffarnagar's new reality where settlement colonies are being created by the Jamiat-Uleme-e-Hind for riot victims who were forced to flee the violence in their own villages. It's just one indication of how deeply altered the social and political fabric of this region has become.
Two faces of a region and it’s issue.