Book Review



By Dionne Bunsha

Dionne Bunsha is a Special Correspondent with Frontline, one of India’s most respected newsmagazines. She has won two journalism awards for her reportage on the Gujarat violence—the Sanskriti Award and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties Human Rights Award. Dionne Bunsha studied for a Master’s degree in Development Studies at the London School of Economics in 1999-2000, and completed a diploma in Social Communications Media at the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, in 1995.  

Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat  
by Dionne Bunsha

• Published by Penguin Books India  
• Published: January 2006  
• Imprint: Penguin  
• Special Price: Rs 295.00  
• Cover Price: Rs 295.00  
• ISBN: 0144000768  
• Edition: Paperback  
• Format: B  
• Extent: 332pp  
• Classification: Non Fiction
• Rights: World

While capturing the predicament of the Sabarmati Express survivors, Scarred is an intense, moving portrait of refugees whose lives have been changed forever by the violence that followed. It tells the story of people fighting for justice amidst fear and turmoil, unable to return home. It is also an insightful look into the minds of the perpetrators of this violence, and the world they seek to construct—a world where the ghettoization and socio-economic boycott of Muslims have become the norm.

What exactly happened in Gujarat in February 2002? Why did the country’s political leaders fiddle while Gandhi’s Gujarat burned? In this honest and thought-provoking book, Dionne Bunsha tries to answer these and many of the questions that we are still left with.

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