This article tries to understand through oral narratives from the Nellie Massacre of 1983 to reflect on how societies in India adhere to a narrative of harmony between different communities and a familial structure before a conflict breaks out, denying the existence of any palpable enmity amongst the communities. It will see how and why the assertions of peaceful co-existence may differ in case of the majority and minority in India. While there may be genuine assertions of harmony, such assertions may also be based on different factors such as majority strength, fear of retaliation and the compulsions of co-existence.
I would like to thank my PhD supervisor Dr. Paulomi Chakraborty for her feedback on the article and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for funding my attendance in the conference "Denial: The Final Stage of Genocide" at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where parts of this paper were first selected and presented.
"Denying the Animosity: Understanding Narratives of Harmony from the Nellie Massacre, 1983,"
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