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.
Introduction : Introduction to Radicalization in South Asia: Context, Trajectories and Implications
This book is being published in an extraordinary time in world history, when democracies across the world are facing challenges from radicalism and extremism. With the existing threats from religious radicalism, the recent rise of nationalist strongman leaders in key countries (such as the United States and India) has complicated the scene. Although much and due attention is paid to groups such as the al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, more attention is needed for local radical, violent and terrorist groups. This is ...