‘Home to all the major religions, India is also, inevitably, host to virtually every type of religious fanatic…’
No other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as has India. Hindus have fought Muslims. Christians have sought to convert animists, Sikhs have armed themselves against Muslims, and Muslims have declared jihad on the kind of Hindu that took delight in the demolition of the Babri mosque. Here in India, writes journalist Edna Fernandes. there is evidence that every religion can be hijacked by the forces of fundamentalism.
Fernandes travels to the country’s recent and past theatres of fundamentalism from Kashmir to Gujarat, Punjab to Goa to meet the generals and foot soldiers of communal wars, and lets their rage and rhetoric speak for them. The Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid calls upon his co-religionists to form militant squads to combat persecution by Hindus. In Nagaland?as in Kashmir?what was once a political insurgency is now a holy war, and armed Baptists demand a separate homeland for Christ. Twenty years after the storming of the Golden Temple and the anti-Sikh riots, an Akali leader in Amritsar cannot forgive, and speaks of continuing the fight for Sikh honour-‘Sometimes through the pen. Sometimes down the barrel of a gun.’ And in shakhas across India, Hindu hardliners ready themselves for the final solution: ethnic cleansing.
There are as many stories of prejudice and violence in these pages as there are of insecurity and despair. But they are told by an investigative writer who has readied ISBN: 9780670058709 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK INDIA Subtitle: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF INDIAN FUNDAMENTALISM Author: EDNA FERNANDES
Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits penned down by Badri Narayan is the biography of Kanshiram, Dalit leader and founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party. The book traces Kanshiram’ journey, from his early years in rural Punjab and his association with the followers of Ambedkar in Pune to the initiation of the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees’ Federation (BAMCEF) and the eventual establishment of the Bahujan Samaj Party in 1984. The author shows how Kanshiram influenced Dalits with his powerful speeches and cycle rallies. The book also provides insight into how Kanshiram struck opportunistic alliances with higher-caste parties to seize power for his people. The author has evocatively described his extraordinary relationship with Mayawati, and the great role she played in fulfilling his vision. Narayan also writes about the modifications Kanshiram made to Ambedkar’s ideas, while Ambedkar sought for complete eradication of the caste system, Kanshiram saw caste as a basis for creating a Dalit identity and a source of political empowerment. Authoritative and insightful, Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits provides a rare portrait of a man who changed the face of the Dalit community in Indian politics.
AUTHOR: BADRI NARAYAN ISBN: 9780670085095 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS Subtitle: LEADER OF THE DALITS Author: BADRI NARAYAN
The “Brief History” series introduces readers to the dramatic events, notable people, and special customs and traditions that have shaped many of the world’s countries. Each engaging volume covers a specific country and offers a concise history of the struggles and triumphs of the peoples and cultures that have called that country home. Touching on factors as diverse as the development of the economy to the role of women in society to changes in the political landscape, these comprehensive volumes provide the key background information readers need to put current global events in historical perspective.
AUTHOR: JUDITH E. WALSH ISBN: 9780816056583 Publisher: FACTS ON FILE Subtitle: Author: JUDITH E. WALSH
Abu’l Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rulers in India’s history. During his reign, the Mughal Empire was one of the wealthiest in the world, and covered much of the Indian subcontinent. Although there are dozens of books on the empire, there are surprisingly few full-length accounts of its most remarkable emperor, with the last major study having been published over two decades ago. In Akbar: The Great Mughal, this outstanding sovereign finally gets his due, and the reader gets the full measure of his extraordinary life. ISBN: 9789389836226 Publisher: ALEPH Subtitle: THE GREAT MUGHAL – THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY Author: IRA MUKHOTY