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Mumbai Local : Understanding Hate

Mumbai Local : Understanding Hate

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MumbaiLocal: Understanding Hate

“The most terrifying thing about a mob is not that we can’t understand how they operate, but that we can.”


Most investigations into mass violence focus on victims. The perpetrators of violence tend to be seen as part of a mob, not as individuals driven by particular trajectories, as much social as personal.RevatiLaulbelieves it is imperative to enquire into the nature of violence and talk to perpetrators if we are to have any hope of transformation or change. “What sends people in the direction of violence?” she asks. “What is violence? We always ‘other’ it – how do the dots join back to us?” In the last decade, Revati has made it her business to speak to perpetrators, individuals in the mob who carry out the violence, who become carriers of hate. The stories she comes upon break the faceless mob; make the perpetrators real and relatable, and offer us the possibility of understanding differently, diversely and perhaps more powerfully.

We are delighted to inviteRevatiLaul– journalist, filmmaker, and compulsive contrarian – to Mumbai local. Revati will speak to us about her research experience for her recently published book The Anatomy of Hate, the stories she came upon, the stories that make up the book, and what she sees as a possible way forward, away from the culture of hate. We will be talking access and power, the predicament of those who have waded into violence, and our relationship/complicity to the situation. She will lead us through understanding why certain reactions emerge collectively, and what hope for change we can have.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for this critical conversation on the climate of our times. And while live attendance is best, but if you or your friends can’t make it, you can join us on live feed on our Facebook page.

Curated by Sanjna Kapoor
RSVP for this session begins on Monday 8th July, 2019


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