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The Anatomy of Hate

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‘The most terrifying truth about a mob is not that we can’t understand how they operate, but that we can.’

What makes a man stand by and watch violence being done to another? What does a woman do after her husband has killed a pregnant stranger? What latent tensions and complexes did the instigators of violence draw upon to unleash the carnage of 28 February 2002?

Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published December 10th 2018 by Context
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Nandakishore Varma
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
28 February 2002 was a black day in the history of India. On that day, a crazed Hindu mob went berserk on the streets of Gujarat, murdering Muslims by the hundreds. Though ostensibly in spontaneous retaliation to the Godhra Train Burning Incident where one coach of a train containing Hindu "pilgrims" (actually, Hindu activists carrying stones to build a temple to Rama at Ayodhya, on the spot where the Babri Masjid , a Sixteenth Century mosque which they had demolished, stood) was set on fire ...more
Sonali Dabade
Even though the narrative seems matter-of-fact most of the time and is very obviously well-written from the get go, there's a glaring flaw in this anatomy of hate - the effect is researched and analysed, but the cause is not. While the riots are condemned and what not, there is no mention of the burning of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra. It seems unfair that such an act of hate, that triggered more hate, was left out from the book. How can you talk about the effect without investigating the ...more
A Poison Tree ByWilliam Blake
I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole,
When the night had veild the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the
Abhijeet Ravi
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is very unique with respect to the way in which it tries to reveal the anatomy of hate. The book delves deeper into the minds of three individuals, a hotheaded and extremely violent man, an university student who is excellent in his studies and loved by all and a hardworking tribal man who falls into the lure of Sangh parivar in his quest for relevance and power in a society that always looked at him with disgust for being a tribe.

The book explores the lives of these three individuals,
Devashish Sharma
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
How do present a book in 2018 based on a pogrom that has been extensively covered by every possible form of mass media?
Revati Laul has the answer to the question and she does it by changing the perspective through which the stories are told. This book offers us an account of lives of three people who were involved — some more than others — in the riots of Gujrat 2002. She offers us an account of precisely what happened before the night of 28th February that led to these men taking actions that
Kartikeya Bhatotia
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Revati for your brilliant portraits of three faces of the mob of 2002. I remember very distinctly that you came as our first ever guest lecturer at Young India Fellowship for the batch of 2018 and I gathered the courage to pick up the mic and ask you the most trite, unyielding question: "How does one live with the realities of what happened in Gujarat in 2002, how does one reconcile that humans are able to do what they do?" And you answered in the most succinct way - to live with it ...more
Rahul C
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
An amazing book that tries to tell the tale of the build up to, and post impact of the 2002 Gujarat riots through the lives of 3 men that were part of the Hindu-right mob. Revati has tried her best to give us an insight into the psychology of these men. The experience of reading this book was enlightening to me, it changed a lot of my views around the violence, and the people that were involved. It really did break down "hate" for me.
Prasanth Kumar
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Must Read

I was young to when the riots happened and didnt know much about it. This book made me get a insight of hate developed from tje roots of social - economical differences, religion-caste based politics, secularly agnostic and most importantly how not to prejudice a fellow human/Indian immediately.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book

The story of the three protagonists in this book could well be the story of any of the people you know.
In an age where hate is the way of life this book is an excellent reminder of how lonely the love affair with hate is.
Would definitely recommend reading this if you have ever asked yourself the question "What if everything I believed in was a lie?"
Prem Sylvester
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A chilling, but essential and revealing narrative account of the individual lives that make up the mob. Personal histories, complicated motives and sometimes surprising outcomes flesh out that defining moment of India's recent history - the 2002 Gujarat riots, which focused much of the violence against Muslims. An important read at any time, but especially ours
R Phantom
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
It gives a storytelling view of the before and aftermath of Gujarat Riots of 2002. The narrative entices the reader to a good level, but most importantly it gives a lesson that how so ever be the situation and the circumstances: killing the other one is never a solution.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Anatomy of Hate traces how hatred begets violence, how different people process their penances in varying ways, and how politics fans this flourishing hate from murky corners. But more importantly, this book puts a human face to this blinding madness. Other than being well written, the book is also well referenced!
Areeb Ahmad (Bankrupt_Bookworm)
"The most terrifying truth about a mob is not that we can’t understand how they operate, but that we can."

RATING: 3.5/5

I haven't written reviews in a while and my skills seem to have gotten rusty. Hopefully I can get back into the groove soon. I got to know about this book from a friend and was immediately intrigued by its unique premise. The 2002 Gujarat Riots have been a dark blot on the nation's collective history. It is one of the most violent riots to occur in Independent India fueled by
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While analyzing mob violence in India we often forget that the mob actually consists of disparate faces with individual motivations fashioned out of a lifetime of moulding by complex socio-economic forces often ingrained in the very fabric of society.
In this book Revati Laul rolls back the years to bring us face to face with three real life characters who were part of the mob during the Gujarat riots of 2002 as it perpetrated unimaginable crimes against fellow human beings or indifferently
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