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Peace is Everybody's Business

Peace is Everybody's Business
A Strategy for Conflict Prevention

First Edition

July 2012 | 256 pages | SAGE India

Arjun Ray's book is based on the dialogue around the counterinsurgency doctrine, arguing that the main strategy towards this aim should be preventing people from feeling alienated. The central focus of this strategy, which the author in his capacity as an army man successfully executed in Operation Sadhbhavna, is the people. The author believes that killing is counterproductive and the army must change its role from 'winning wars' to 'preventing wars'.

He also calls upon the media to be more responsible in discharging their role in nation-building rather than being a bystander.

The author proposes a three-pronged strategy to achieve success—preventing conflict by addressing human security through human development, pursuing a policy of atonement and forgiveness, and eliminating trust deficit between the State and the marginalized—the three pillars of Operation Sadhbhavna. The failure on the part of the State and the army to follow this strategy, with terrible human cost and devastating consequences, is charted through the examples of the Naxalite and Kashmiri experience.

The Signposts: Hope, Modernization and Non-Violence

Alienation: Poverty, Land, Culture and Politics

Muslim Alienation and National Mainstream

Conflict Prevention

Human Security

Centre of Gravity: The People

Winning the Hearts of Alienated Societies

Culture of Silence and Critical Consciousness

Women's Empowerment

Changing Role of the Military: Preventing Wars and Not Winning Wars

Re-Education of the Security Forces

Media's Public Interest Role?

Technology for Peace

Leading through Chaos and Uncertainty

Epilogue: The Unfinished Jasmine Revolutions and the Virtual Revolution: Lessons in Conflict Prevention


An important contribution to the discourse on security sector reform. It will also be helpful to those engaged in peace building evaluation, particularly with respect to the implementation and monitoring of conflict prevention programs

The Book Review

A very Interesting and knowledgeable commentary on the state of Muslim across the world...[The book] has interesting in-depth analysis of the issues that are extremely crucial for India.

Bureaucracy India

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Arjun Ray (retd)

A soldier-scholar of the Indian army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience in war, conflict management and social transformation.Lt General Ray served as India’s Deputy Military Advisor in London. In his last assignment, he commanded the newly raised 14 Corps in Ladakh. As part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 Sadbhavana schools, 11 women’s empowerment centres and 60 adult education centres for non-literate women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the highest award in the armed forces for distinguished... More About Author

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