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Genealogies of Sovereignty

By Sandhini Poddar

Part three of AMAR KANWAR's 19-channel video installation The Torn First Pages, 2004–08, six projections of varying durations, 

at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Beginning in December 1992 and continuing throughout January 1993, Mumbai witnessed horrific sectarian conflict between Muslims and Hindus following the destruction of the Babri Masjid by Hindu extremists in the town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. The riots and citywide curfews shook the secular foundations of Mumbai, as well as other cities around India…

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