In its 2003 verdict, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found Rwandan journalists Ferdinand Nahimana and Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza guilty of genocide, incitement to genocide, conspiracy, and crimes against humanity. The case against Nahimana and Barayagwiza raised important questions regarding the role of the media and their social accountability. ForRead More →

Lynchings destroy the notion of community. Each act of violence renders the subsequent act of violence inevitable and more heinous. We should be worried about these events, and not relegate them to ‘apolitical’ acts of disciplinary violence aimed at ‘alleged criminals’. Lynchings are predominantly discipline and punish projects, directed atRead More →

Lynching is not just punishment without due process; it is punishment where no crime exists. The mob exists mainly in having a defense against reason. The most blatant of its tyranny is to reduce all history to the violence it can dispense.The mob is not spontaneous. It is always assembled and organized for a kill.The mob is not irrational. It is rendered useful because it is profitable to kill. Lynching is an act of belonging, claiming authority through racial, religious and casteist violence. Read More →

The Riotous Republic is Polis Project’s data set that compiles mob based violence — riots, massacres and lynching. We are currently working on creating an extensive dataset of violence since 1947 in India, that map and analyse these events  in terms of actors (perpetrators and victims), command responsibility, questions of due process ( a look at investigations, arrests, judicial proceedings, commission reports and their outcomes ) and finally how the individual and communities who were affectedRead More →