Arjun Ray's book is based on the dialogue around the counterinsurgency doctrine, arguing that the main strategy towards this aim should be preventing people from feeling alienated. The central focus of this strategy, which the author in his capacity as an army man successfully executed in Operation Sadhbhavna, is the people. The author believes that killing is counterproductive and the army must change its role from ‘winning wars’ to ‘preventing wars’.

He also calls upon the media to be more responsible in discharging their role in nation-building rather than being a bystander.

The author proposes a three-pronged strategy to achieve success—preventing conflict by addressing human security through human development, pursuing a policy of atonement and forgiveness, and eliminating trust deficit between the State and the marginalized—the three pillars of Operation Sadhbhavna. The failure on the part of the State and the army to follow this strategy, with terrible human cost and devastating consequences, is charted through the examples of the Naxalite and Kashmiri experience.

Muslim Alienation and National Mainstream

Muslim alienation and national mainstream

As you kill, so you will be killed.

—Osama bin Laden

Say to those who composed fatwas: Hold on!

It might be a fatwa that makes the sky rumble.

When jihad calls, ink falls silent and shows

Respect, as do books, and jurisprudents.

When jihad calls, there is no referendum.

The fatwas, on the day of jihad, are blood.

—Ghazi Algasoibi, Saudi diplomat (from a poem entitled Martyr, dedicated to Ayat Akhras, a young Palestinian suicide bomber).

Why does Islamic fundamentalism continue to be a burning issue 32 years after Khomeini's Revolution in Iran in 1979? Why is it so pivotal in our lives? Is there anything special about its timing? These are just some of the many questions everyone is asking. There are no ...

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