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Religion, Power and Violence
Expression of Politics in Contemporary Times

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Ram Puniyani - Chairman, Center for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai

Other Titles in:
Development Studies | Religion

June 2005 | 332 pages | SAGE India
The rise of communalism in recent years as the major claimant to power in Indian politics has posed a serious challenge to the survival of democracy and is even threatening the fabric of the Constitution. Coupled with the fact that political discourse in the international arena has been increasingly using the language of religion, this phenomenon has posed a serious challenge to human rights movements worldwide. The seventeen original essays in this volume traverse a large canvas and critically interrogate Hindutva from multiple vantage points in the light of recent national and international political events.
 
Preface
Ram Puniyani
Introduction: Religion, Power and Violence
Ram Puniyani
Religion: Opium of the Masses or...
V Krishna Ananth
Globalisation and Communalism
Locating Contemporary Political Discourse in the Context of Liberalisation

 
Thomas Sebastian
Terrorism and Imperialism
Two Sides of the Same Coin

 
Jawaid Quddus
Islam Terrorism and the New World Order
J J Roy Burman
Syncretism and Communal Harmony in Bengal
Shamsul Islam
RSS and the Raj
Jawaid Quddus
Hindutva and Indian Diaspora
Prakash Loius
Hindutva and Weaker Sections
Conflict between Dominance and Resistance

 
Manjari Katju
Mobilisation for Hidnutva
Vibhuti Patel
Fundamentalism, Communalism and Gender Justice
Anand Teltumbde
Hindutva Agenda and Dalits
Flavia Agnes
The Supreme Court, Media and UCC debate
Ranu Jain
Educational Backwardness among the Muslims in India
A Case of Misrepresentation?

 
Sarto Esteves
Violence against the Cross
Uday Mehta
Gujarat-Hindu Rashtra Laboratory
Rowena Robinson, D Parthsarathy
After Gujarat: Making Sense of Reports on the Post-Godhra Violence and its Aftermath
 
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Ram Puniyani

Ram Puniyani is currently the Chairman at the Center for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai. He was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, IIT Mumbai, and took voluntary retirement in 2004, and is currently working for communal harmony. He has been involved with human rights activities for the past two decades. He has also involved himself with groups working for workers’ rights. Ram Puniyani is also associated with various secular and democratic initiatives, namely, All India Secular Forum, Center for Study of Society and Secularism, and Anhad. More About Author

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