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Department of Religious Studies Seminar. This presentation revolves around community protests and violent contests between members of various political groups in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Central to it is what Partha Chatterjee as well as Karl von Holdt, Langa et al. describe as the 'dark side' of political society and insurgent citizenship: namely, the often-times collective and sometimes individualized violence that has characterized popular and party politics in various postcolonial states. Chaturvedi reads this violence through critiques of liberal equality and democracy articulated especially in the Nigerian political theorist Claude Ake's work, and in the historian Ajay Skaria's analysis of Gandhi's writings. Seen through these lenses, the violent dark side of political society and insurgent citizenship comes into view as an aspect of a shared postcolonial democratic inheritance. Chaturvedi describes the relationship between this modern democratic inheritance, the modes of enacting and organizing power that have emerged in its wake, and collective and inter-party violence. Chaturvedi concludes with the problem of recasting this democratic bequest that haunts Ake's analysis as much as it does Gandhi's.