- A riot is no longer an act of production where the narrative focusses on causes.
- But an act of consumption where a variety of narratives create a quilt patch we call history.
- At first sight, the Kasganj riot is presented as an archetypal riot around a standard scenario of small differences, two angry communities and a stumbling bureaucracy.
- Yet what brings irony and confounds this narrative is the communal and the national confronted each other to prove that patriotism today is not a secular loyalty but a majoritarian definition.
- The nature of narrative is no longer about solidarity but about communal accounting.
Nature of riots:
- Riots today are always enacted twice, once on the streets and once through video clips.
- One is tempted to modify the Marxist quote and add once as history and second time as a farce.