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Chapter 4: Resettlement and the Territorialization of Exploitation
Of course they don't want Muslims to move in here because this is a majority Hindu locality, if the Muslims are resettled here, there will be riots. Ratha Yatra [Chariot procession, a Hindu celebration] is in July; if mixed neighborhoods are created, the procession will break into pandemonium. (The superintendent of Vivekananda Mill resettlement complex in Rakhyal)
I am a social scientist; I do not like the idea that we have to intentionally create ethnically homogeneous resettlement complexes, Hindus and Muslims should coexist. Initially, while allotting resettlement homes, we did not pay any attention to the ethnic component: as a result, some Muslims were allotted homes in Hindu-majority complexes and vice versa, but soon people ...