This workshop will investigate the history of violence and sexual violence against minorities, particularly associated with the Gujarat Pogrom of 2002. During this pogrom, Muslims were the target of brutal violence at the hands of Hindus, with Muslim women and children suffering horrific acts of sexual violence. The Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, under whose tenure this spate of violence occurred, was never formally tried. Yet his administration is popularly seen to have condoned the violence and perhaps even encouraged it.
This lecture is part of the Reading for Peace: Celebrating the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, which is sponsored by WSU CELIA (The State of Ohio Center of Excellence for Collaborative Education and Leadership in the Arts located at Wright State University) and co-sponsored by the WSU Department of English, Creative Writing Committee, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Peace Lecture Committee.