Radicalization in South Asia: Context, Trajectories and Implications presents a critical overview of radicalism, violence and terrorism in South Asia, a region that is diverse in terms of demography, religion, culture and political ideologies. While diversity could have worked as a push factor in strengthening democracies in the region, historically, fault lines in the South Asian faiths, culture, ethnicity, nationalism and political ideologies have triggered radical movements, and unleashed violence and terror attacks to destabilize democracies in the region. Against the backdrop of the current wave of illiberalism and radicalism sweeping over the US, Europe, Middle East, Australia and Latin America, this book presents the most recent scenario of the context, trajectories and policy implications for radicalism, violence and terrorism in five South Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. It emphasizes the comparative insights provided by the changing values of South Asian society to offer a comprehensive picture of radicalization in this region.

Terrorist Narratives and Recruitment in South Asia: The India Factor1
Terrorist narratives and recruitment in south asia: The india factor
Nazneen Mohsina Sinan Siyech
Introduction

South Asia, one of the most ethnically, culturally, linguistically diverse and most populous region in the world, has been host to a number of local, regional and transnational militant groups since the 1980s.2 It has experienced deeply entrenched ethno-religious hostility, communal violence and numerous wars, both inter- and intra-State.3 Numerous individuals have, thus, fallen victim to indiscriminate terrorism with strong religious overtones. The transition to modernity and the political culture in some of these States has led to identification with religion and ethno-linguistic solidarities.4 For example, religious nationalism and religion is proliferating exceedingly in ...

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