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Sectarianism, Politics and Development

This volume is a compilation of 11 essays by academics, social Workers and human rights activists. It examines the impact of sectarianism; politics in the name of religion on politics and development with a focus on Gujarat. The politics in the name of religion has been a major phenomenon in India in general and in Gujarat in particular. This sectarian politics has had great impact on various aspects of civic and political life of the state. The book contains essays which give the backdrop of political developments of the state during last more than five decades. The dynamics of social classes has seen a major transition during these decades and the emerging upper caste-affluent sections have dominated the low castes-deprived sections of society by various social-economic mechanisms. These new dominant castes have assumed the role of subjugating the weaker sections of society by resorting to the politics in the name of religion, Hindutva. This politics has affected the lives of dalits, Adivasis and other marginalized sections in the state by further marginalizing them in the process of development. It has also affected the ecology of the state very adversely. The impact of violence on the lives of women, particularly minority women is also examined. The human rights of the large sections have been pushed back and the process of marginalization and resultant insecurity of minorities has intensified. In this scenario the process of rehabilitation and reconciliation has been also examined. The essays are in-depth studies and also cover the pattern of land acquisition and agrarian struggles in the state.

The contributors include. Sarbani Chatterjee, Kiran Desai, Lancy Lobo, Harsh Mander, Anand Mazgaokar, Uday Mehta, Arjun Patel, Girish Patel Cedric Praksh and Ram Puniyani

Contents: Preface; Introduction;

Section I: Backdrop; 1. Gujarat: Making of a Hidu Rashtra: Uday Mehta; 2. Hindutva and Human Rights: A Case of Gujarat: Ram Puniyani

Section II: Development Model:  3. Guajrat: Screaming Fiction and Mute Facts: Anand Mazgaonkar

4. Development Induced Agrarian Displacement: Lancy Lobo
5. Agrarian Struggle in Gujarat: Kiran Desai
Section III: Marginalized Sections
6. Dalit Movement in Gujarat: Arjun Patel
7. Dalit Adivasis and Hindutva Politics: Ram Puniyani
8. Gender in Hindu Rashtra- Sherbani Bannerji
Section IV: State of Human Rights
9. Minorities: A Struggle for Justice: Cedric Prakash
10. Some Paths to Forgiveness: Harsh Mander
11. Human Rights Violations; Case Studies: Girish Patel
Editors: Uday Mehta and Ram Puniyani
Pages 194, Rs 825, Rawat Publications
 www. rawatbooks. com - info@rawarbooks.com - Tel. 0141 2651748

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2012 on page no. 21

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