Brief Introduction: Deepak Mehta, M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D. (Delhi), is Associate Professor in Sociology. His research interests centre around the study of material culture, the sociology of Muslim groups in India and the sociology of violence. He is the author of Work, Ritual, Biography: A Muslim Community in North India (1996). He has authored (with Roma Chatterji) Living with Violence: An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life (2007) and edited (with Roma Chatterji) Riot Discourses. (2007).