Relief and religious identity

Print edition : May 01, 2015

Houses built at Anjar in Kutch district. The author outlines how the project of participatory reconstruction of villages by private contractors consolidates caste boundaries further. Photo: PAUL NORONHA

Bill Clinton in front of the statue of Satyanarayana at the Akshardam temple in Ahmedabad on April 5, 2001. The U.S. President met relief officials in the quake-affected region of Gujarat. The author illustrates how neoliberal aid intervention does not function in a social void. Photo: REUTERS

The author portrays the conflicts between competing interests in post-disaster Gujarat and shows the tenuous links between neoliberalism as a political project and the emergence of the Hindu Right.
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