I was recently reading Being Muslim, Becoming Citizens: A Muslim Girls’ School in Post-riot Ahmedabad by Tanya Matthen, Chandana Anusha and Meenakshi Thapan, a chapter of Ethnographies of Schooling in Contemporary India, edited by Meenakshi Thapan (2014). In this paper, the authors record a lot of interesting information on how schooling has changed in a Muslim school post-2002. I don't actually want to talk about the content of the paper but rather just want to highlight one quote from a principal of a girl's school.
There have been so many riots here - in 1969, 1984, 1990 and 1992. But 2002 was the one that caused the biggest damage. We'll realise the intensity of the damage only 10 years from now. The next generation will believe whatever they hear because they would not have experienced relationships with people with different religious beliefs. In the generations to come no Mulsim youth will have Hindu friends and vice versa. The children will learn what they read and hear fro others, not having actually seen or experienced inter-religious unity. They will believe that all Muslims or Hindus are bad people. The next riots will start from the inside, from the gut, because of such extreme polarisation. The previous ones ere politically staged and sponsored, upar se (from the top) but the next will come andar se (from the inside).
An articulation as powerful as its implication is horrifying.