The 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blast

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The 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blast

Psychology: The 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blast


Sanjay Dutt is an Indian film actor and producer born in July 29th, 1959 known for his work in Hindi cinema. Sanjay made his acting debut in Rocky (1981) and since then, he has appeared in over 187 Hindi Films. Sanjay Dutt is among the most controversial India’s celebrities in history. His addiction to alcohol and drug abuse, accusations of having illegal weapons and other alleged illegal affairs, and most damningly his conviction in the Mumbai Bomb blasts and other terror cases have all been avidly documented (Kamal, 2013). The 1993 Mumbai Bomb blasts involved a series of twelve bomb explosives that occurred in Mumbai, India. The 1993 Bombay Blasts were coordinated, and were done as an act of revenge for prior Bombay riots where many people were killed. Prior to the 1993 Bombay Blasts, Sanjay Dutt illegally possessed multiple weapons such as 3 AK 56s and a few hand grenades. Other weaponries illegally possessed by Sanjay were 3.5 tons of RDX and an AK-47 rifle. These harmful weapons were found in Dutt’s house after the 1993 blasts. Sanjay had stored arms smuggled into India in his house, this possession was not licensed. His failure to inform the police about the illegal weaponry led to the 1993 Mumbai Bomb blasts (Menon, 2012). The selection of Sanjay Dutt’s case perfectly suits in this paper. Coordination of the attacks and Sanjay’s failure to inform the police about these harmful weapons makes the instances too controversial. This paper discusses Sanjay Dutt’s case in the context of psychology. Explanation of relevant theories applicable to this case will also be undertaken.


Explanation of Relevant Theories

Sanjay was arrested of illegally possessing AK- 56 and got charged under the TADA Act, subsequent to a legal fight for several years. The TADA court gave Sanjay a clean chit by stating that he kept the armed weapons for purposes of self-defense; nevertheless, Dutt got jailed for 5 years under the Arms Act. Sanjay’s case fits in psychology and his behavior is closely associated with psychological issues. Theories of emotion, social psychological influences, conditioning and learning, and personality disorders perfectly fit in this case. These theories are hereby explained:

Social psychological influences theory

In his movies, Sanjay Dutt was a psychological thriller. But, what exactly was his role in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts that claimed 257 lives and left 713 people with injuries? In social psychological influence theory….Continue Reading….

Emotions theories

Personality disorders and/or stress theory

Conditioning and learning theories

Theories of Emotion

Relevance and Application of Theories to the Case



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