Self-immolations in India

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A particularly high wave of self-immolations in India was recorded in 1990 protesting the Reservation in India.[1] As many as 1,451 self-immolations in 2000 and 1,584 in 2001 were reported in India.[2]

In 2012 scores of Indians set themselves on fire demanding that a new state, Telangana, be formed within India.[3][4][5] Telangana groups claim that over 800 people, mostly students, committed suicide for the cause of Telangana between 2010 and 2013.[6] On the same day that two Indians self-immolated for Telangana's cause, a Tibetan man set himself on fire during Chinese president Hu Jintao's visit to India.[3]


  1. ^ Biggs, Michael (2005). "Dying Without Killing: Self-Immolations, 1963–2002" (PDF). In Diego Gambetta. Making Sense of Suicide Missions. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199297979. 
  2. ^ Coleman, Loren (2004). The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines. New York: Paraview Pocket-Simon and Schuster. p. 66. ISBN 0-7434-8223-9. 
  3. ^ a b "Self-immolation in India: Frighteningly common". The Economist. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Two attempt suicide for Telangana". The Times Of India. 2012-03-28. 
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  6. ^ "Another man dies for Telangana, TRS calls for shutdown". Hindustan Times. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-30.