Mob Mentality Essay

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Herding Mobs Herd behavior is the description of how individuals in a group act together without a planned direction. This term is used when describing the behavior of animals in herds, flocks and schools. This term is now being used to describe human conduct during activities like sporting events, mob violence, everyday decision-making and even religious gatherings. In Last Dance at Dum Dum as well as Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? mob mentality and madness will be focused on in these two books. This essay will discuss these incidences of madness and mob mentality in Ayub Khan-Din’s Last Dance at Dum Dum just as in Anita Rau Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? Traditionally, the criminal law has treated crimes committed by groups as more blameworthy than those committed by people acting alone. The people who act with others have legally committed two crimes, instead of one: “the substantive crime itself plus conspiracy to commit that crime” (Harvard, 1). The distinct offense of “riot” creates additional liability for group disorderly conduct that leads to criminal acts. An argument currently runs that people who act as part of a group get “caught up” in the excitement of mob mentality and do not make real, meaningful choices about how to behave. Many times, people who become involved with mobs are too nervous or scared to reject the attitude of mob and find it easier and safer to participate. Crowds that gather on behalf of an injustice can involve the herding behavior that easily turns violent, especially if there is a confrontation of an opposing ethnic or racial group. Many riots have made the news but the scale of violence and death dwarfed those episodes such as the New York Draft Riots and the Tulsa Race Riot during the Partition of India. “Population exchanges between India and Pakistan brought millions of migrating Hindus and Muslims into

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