The rise of communalism in recent years as the major claimant to power in Indian politics has posed a serious challenge to the survival of democracy and is even threatening the fabric of the Constitution. Coupled with the fact that political discourse in the international arena has been increasingly using the language of religion, this phenomenon has posed a serious challenge to human rights movements worldwide. The seventeen original essays in this volume traverse a large canvas and critically interrogate Hindutva from multiple vantage points in the light of recent national and international political events.

Islam, Terrorism and the New World Order

Islam, terrorism and the new world order

The word terrorism is almost impossible to define. It has different connotations for different people. Some have equated terrorism as a fight for freedom and terrorists as freedom fighters. In recent years it is equated with Islam without any distinction being made between the religion and the actions of a minority of the people who follow that religion.

According to Bruce Hoffman, the word ‘terrorism’ was first popularized during the French Revolution. At that time it had a positive connotation. It stood for a regime de la terreur and signified a system of governance instituted by a government to neutralize anti-government activities of opponents and counter revolutionaries. During the French Revolution, the Committee ...

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