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Indian Democracy, Pluralism and Minorities

Ram Puniyani (Author)
Synopsis The question of co-existence between Hindus and non-Hindu communities poses the greatest challenge to Indian democracy and secularism. With far rights Hindutva organizations gaining ground and the spreading of anti-minority violence across the country the question needs to be debated more carefully. Indian Democracy, Pluralism and Minorities discusses some important aspect of the anti-minority violence and propaganda being spread by the RSS and its sister organizations. The author argues that one of main reasons for the ascendancy of communal politics is the misconceptions and distortions spread by those bent upon constructing an identity based on suspicion and hatred. This book dispels many myths that have caused hundreds of riots across the country and have brought communities in India at loggerheads with each other. The book would be useful for scholars, academics, students of Indian history society as well as social activists.
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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 Indian Democracy, Pluralism and Minorities
Author Ram Puniyani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188869198
length 170p., Index; 23cm.