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Maharashtra tops in riots cases during 1998-2008

According to a report released by the government on Socio-Economic and Educational Status of Muslims in Maharashtra, the state has witnessed 1,192 communal riots during 1998-2008, which is the highest in the country as compared to other states. During the same period the number of communal clashes in Uttar Pradesh was 1,112 followed by Madhya Pradesh (860), Gujarat (823), Karnataka (654), Bihar (524), Orissa (357), West Bengal (205), Delhi (85) and Himachal Pradesh (11). The report also highlights that between 1908 and 2009 Mumbai recorded the maximum number of communal riots among all other cities and towns in the state. A Shaban, professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, believes that the reason behind this increased number of communal clashes is that the people of Maharashtra are highly polarised along caste and religious lines.

Communal flare-ups in some major states: 1998-2008

State                            Incidents                  Deaths

Maharashtra               1,192                       172

Uttar Pradesh             1,112                       384

Madhya Pradesh        860                          162

Gujarat                         823                          1,114

Karnataka                    654                          75

Bihar                             524                          231

Orissa                           357                          67

West Bengal                205                          46

Delhi                             85                            11

Himachal Pradesh     11                            2

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 6

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