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

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Religion, Power and Violence RAM PUNIYANI
Religion: Opium of the Masses or… RAM PUNIYANI
Globalization and Communalism: Locating Contemporary Political Discourse in the Context of Liberalization V KRISHNA ANANTH
Terrorism and Imperialism: Two Sides of the Same Coin THOMAS SEBASTIAN
Islam, Terrorism and the New World Order JAWAID QUDDUS
Syncretism and Communal Harmony in Bengal J J ROY BURMAN
Hindutva and Indian Diaspora JAWAID QUDDUS
Hindutva and Weaker Sections: Conflict between Dominance and Resistance PRAKASH LOUIS
Mobilization for Hindutva MANJARI KATJU
Fundamentalism, Communalism and Gender Justice VIBHUTI PATEL
Hindutva Agenda and Dalits ANAND TELTUMBDE
The Supreme Court, Media and UCC Debate FLAVIA AGNES
Educational Backwardness among the Muslims in India: A Case of Misrepresentation? RANU JAIN
Violence Against the Cross SARTO ESTEVES
Gujarat—Hindu Rashtra Laboratory UDAY MEHTA
‘After Gujarat…’: Making Sense of Reports on the Post-Godhra Violence and its Aftermath ROWENA ROBINSON and D PARTHASARATHY