Watch | Discussion: The Anatomy of Violence and Who Benefits From it

Understanding why riots are amenable to building political careers.

In this short but sharp analysis of the anatomy of violence, The Wire’s founding editor Sidharth Bhatia who extensively reported from the ground during the Mumbai 1992-93 riots and anti-Sikh Riots in 1984, speaks to The Wire’s chief of bureau, Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty, about the three crucial elements of how riots have happened in the past.

He says that preparation, trigger and execution are the three components that lead to violence of the kind that Delhi is witnessing. He further explains how these three components have become a template for political careers to emerge out of a riot situation.