On the Desecration of Nehrus Temples: Bhilai and Rourkela Compared

The major steel towns built in the wake of the Second Five-Year Plan were to be "temples' to India's industrial future and secular "modernity'; but soon they were desecrated by ethnic and communal violence. Focusing on two of them, this article shows that the extent of the violence was markedly different, and asks "why?'.