The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future (Paperback)
  • The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future (Paperback)
zoom

The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future (Paperback)

(author)
£18.95
Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 17/10/2008
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
While America is focused on religious militancy and terrorism in the Middle East, democracy has been under siege from religious extremism in another critical part of the world. As Martha Nussbaum reveals in this penetrating look at India today, the forces of the Hindu right pose a disturbing threat to its democratic traditions and secular state. Since long before the 2002 Gujarat riots--in which nearly two thousand Muslims were killed by Hindu extremists--the power of the Hindu right has been growing, threatening India's hard-won constitutional practices of democracy, tolerance, and religious pluralism. Led politically by the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu right has sought the subordination of other religious groups and has directed particular vitriol against Muslims, who are cast as devils in need of purging. The Hindu right seeks to return to a "pure" India, unsullied by alien polluters of other faiths, yet the BJP's defeat in recent elections demonstrates the power that India's pluralism continues to wield. The future, however, is far from secure, and Hindu extremism and exclusivity remain a troubling obstacle to harmony in South Asia. Nussbaum's long-standing professional relationship with India makes her an excellent guide to its recent history. Ultimately she argues that the greatest threat comes not from a clash between civilizations, as some believe, but from a clash within each of us, as we oscillate between self-protective aggression and the ability to live in the world with others. India's story is a cautionary political tale for all democratic states striving to act responsibly in an increasingly dangerous world.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674030596
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 649 g
Dimensions: 213 x 146 x 30 mm

You may also be interested in...

Cameron's Coup
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Cold War
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Them: Adventures with Extremists
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The State and Revolution
Added to basket
The Jewish State
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
Capital
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Righteous Mind
Added to basket
Capital
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
Trotsky
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
A Secret History of the IRA
Added to basket
This Changes Everything
Added to basket
The Rise and Fall of Communism
Added to basket
Nationalism
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
The Communist Manifesto
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.