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Chapter 12: Identity, Conversion and Violence: Dalits, Adivasis and the 2007–08 Riots in Orissa
In the annual Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, sisters express devotion to their brothers by fasting and offering prayers on their behalf, and symbolize their concern by tying rakhi around their brothers' wrists. The ‘sisters’ and ‘brothers’ in the ritual need not be related by blood, and there is a long history of sisters ‘adopting’ cousins and other unrelated males, even non-Hindus, during the festival.
In 2008, I returned to Raipur, Chhattisgarh, where I had previously conducted research, to visit some old friends. My trip coincided with Raksha Bandhan, and on a warm, windless Saturday in August, I visited [Page 264]a Hindu ...