The emancipation of Dalits with the promulgation of the Constitution has resulted in a bloody pushback. The abolition of untouchability has escalated the violence against Dalits, as evident from a series of massacres across the country. Despite special laws and their eye-witness accounts, the victims in most cases have been denied justice. The patterns of impunity raise questions about the impartiality of the legal system.
Drawing on official documents, Manoj Mitta has written critically acclaimed books on the two most egregious instances of communal violence: When a Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath (co-authored with HS Phoolka, 2007); The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra (2014). Completing a trilogy on mass violence, he is now researching atrocities against Dalits. A journalist focused on law and human rights, Mitta worked with The Times of India, The Indian Express and India Today.
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