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Description - Religion, Power and Violence by Ram Puniyani

The 17 original essays that comprise this volume examine various aspects of socio-religious and political problems that that have been sparked by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. They study the use of religion to evoke mass hysteria and demonstrate how liberalization, globalization and privatization go hand-in-hand with the rise of religion-based politics. Among the issues discussed include: the educated elite's use of religion to cushion a possible underprivileged uprising; NRI funding of identity-based organizations; conversions; and the Hindutva strategy of simultaneously oppressing and attempting to mobilize sections like tribals, Dalits, workers, women and minorities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761933380
ISBN-10: 0761933387
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ram Puniyani

Ram Puniyani is currently the Chairman at the Center for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai. He was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, IIT Mumbai, and took voluntary retirement in 2004, and is currently working for communal harmony. He has been involved with human rights activities for the past two decades. He has also involved himself with groups working for workers' rights. Ram Puniyani is also associated with various secular and democratic initiatives, namely, All India Secular Forum, Center for Study of Society and Secularism, and Anhad.

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