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Terrorism, Communalism and other Challenges to Indian Security

Rakesh Gupta (Author)
Synopsis This book is a product of teaching interest in the area covered. It examines conceptualization of Indian security since independence; its evolving concerns and present threats in the context of nation-in-the making. It involves the themes of renewal of the movement of sentiment to structure for renewing civic nationalism in the context of modernity. It discusses threats to political nationalism posed by chauvinism, sub-nationalism, communalism, terrorism and the games that states like USA, China and Pakistan play in destabilizing the external and the internal environment. In that context Kashmir is examined. Internally it attempts a comparison between communalism and terrorism after delineating the approaches to communalism and examing the theorization on causes and structure of terrorism. Since cinema is a popular media to disseminate dominant ideology, we examine the role of the films in raising themes of nationalism and challenges. The current scene of Hindi cinema is examined with reference to the way terrorism gets reflected in specific films. It then goes on to examine the latest shadow that the attack on the Parliament in 2001, the events in Godhra and Gujarat carnage in 2002 cast on the secular, democratic and welfarist project enshrined in the Constitution.
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About the author

Rakesh Gupta

Rakesh Gupta is a professor with the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. New Delhi since the last twenty-three years. He was Head of the Centre for Political Studies 2000-02 and officiated as Dean, School of Social Sciences from time to time during this period. Prior to this he was with Motilal Nehru College, Delhi University for eleven years. He has been teaching courses on political philosophy, political theory, comparative politics and Indian politics. He specializes on strategic studies and foreign policy. He has co-authored and edited numerous books. Among them are books on Bihar Peasantry, Outer Space, Soviet Union, Civil-Military Relations during Gorbachev Period, Sub Sahara region, Pakistan, Indian Security and USA’s Strategic Defence Initiative. He has published Occasional papers on Russian Military Doctrine (Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi). He has written research papers on Socialist Societies, Foreign Policies of US, Russia, Pakistan, India, on arms control, disarmament and international relations and philosophy of Jean Franchois Lyotard in national and international academic journals. He has written about four hundred articles in dailies, weeklies, monthlies, tabloids and occasional periodicals on current issues of national and international politics.

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Bibliographic information

Title Terrorism, Communalism and other Challenges to Indian Security
Author Rakesh Gupta
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178352885
length 345p., References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.