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 at
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.