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Frontiers of Blame: India's 'War on Terror'

Svensson, Ted LU (2009) In Critical Studies on Terrorism 2(1). p.27-44
Abstract
The article interrogates the meaning of terror in India, enacted through the recurring articulation of a particular logic of blame, via a specific focus on the train blasts in Mumbai in July 2006. The conceptual extent of 'violence as terror' is examined broadly: as boundaries erected to equal 'war on terror' with 'war on Muslim terror', as a purifying of the Indian 'Self', and as shifting thresholds in state rationalities pertaining to terrorist activities. The Indian state is torn between blaming domestic organisations and 'cross-border terrorism' for involvement in acts of terror. The vagueness and ephemeral character of where to lay down the frontiers of blame is placing Muslim citizens in a precarious situation.
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India, terrorism, Muslims, Hindu Right, blame
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Critical Studies on Terrorism
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2
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1
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27 - 44
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Routledge
DOI
10.1080/17539150902752606
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English
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  author       = {Svensson, Ted},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {27--44},
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  series       = {Critical Studies on Terrorism},
  title        = {Frontiers of Blame: India's 'War on Terror'},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17539150902752606},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2009},
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