THE SACKING OF KASGANJ
On Republic Day, communal rioting broke out in a part of Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, sparked, locals allege, by men on motorcycles, who disrupted their small flag-hoisting ceremony. It was a Muslim neighbourhood, and the men were associated with Hindutva groups. They demanded that their noisy procession be let through, and when the locals objected, they were allegedly insulted and told to go to Pakistan. In the spreading fracas, a young man, Chandan Gupta, was shot and killed a couple of kilometres from where the trouble first began. Kasganj is now a symbol of the communal tensions that critics say are a trope of the new India. In the days after the violence, a mob ransacked the house of the accused men, sons of a local businessman. And shops, as can be seen from the photograph, were looted, reduced to rubble, even burned down. A community has been devastated.