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Religion, Power and Violence: Expression of Politics in Contemporary Times

Ram Puniyani (Editor)
Synopsis The rise of communalism in recent years as the major claimant to power in India 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 17 original essays in this volume have been written against the backdrop of the 9/11 attacks on the USA; US attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq; the worldwide demonization of Islam; and, in India, the Mumbai blasts, the Gujarat riots, and the BJP-led NDA government’s covert support to the US-led war on terror, Collectively, they examine: The use of religion to evoke mass hysteria and to cushion any possible uprising among underprivileged sections; The manner in which liberalization, globalization and privatization appear to go hand-in-hand with the rise of religion-based politics; The fact that people like Osama bin Laden are the creation of the US, and that equating terrorism with Islam actually suits America’s ultimate aim of controlling OPEC countries; The myth of the educational backwardness of Muslims; NRI funding of Hindutva’s divisive politics; The Hindutva strategy of simultaneously oppressing and attempting to mobilize tribals, Dalits, women and other minority groups. Traversing a large canvas and critically interrogating Hindutva from multiple vantage points, this thought-provoking volume will interest students and researchers in the fields of politics, sociology, history and religion, as well as journalists and general readers.
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About the author

Ram Puniyani

Ram Puniyani was Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He is also Secretary, Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, and a member of EKTA – Committee for Communal Amity, Mumbai, and has been associated with different secular initiatives for many years. He has been working on the themes related to communalism and the rise of fundamentalism. He has contributed articles to various magazines and journals on these themes. He is also the author of Communal Politics: Facts versus Myths (2003), Fascism of Sangh Parivar, The Other Cheek: Minorities Under Threat and Communal Politics: An Illustrated Primer (2001).

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Bibliographic information

Title Religion, Power and Violence: Expression of Politics in Contemporary Times
Author Ram Puniyani
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0761933387
length 332p., References; Index; 22cm.