Senior Honors Theses
History Department Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

June 2008


A Senior Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Honors in History.

Faculty Advisor: Ramnarayan Rawat


This thesis explores the paradox between the events of the Kanpur Riots and the Kanpur Riot Commission Report, written in its aftermath. While the former is regarded as another example of Hindu-Muslim strife in the twentieth century, the latter has become an important text in nationalist historiography. This thesis will argue that the significance of the Report is bound up in the Kanpur Riots. The riot participants were the subject and audience of the Report and the authors of the Kanpur Riot Commission Report used them to create a framework for understanding Indian history that continues to be invoked today.


Kanpur, Hindu-Muslim, Congress Party



Date Posted: 23 June 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.