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Home to all the major religions, India is also, inevitably, host to virtually every type of religious fanatic. No other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as India. For centuries, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, and Muslims have waged bloody wars, sought violent conversion, and declared jihad against their enemies, as their religions have been hijacked by the forces of fundamentalism. Here British-Indian journalist Edna Fernandes travels to the country’s recent and past theatres of religious extremism—from Kashmir to Gujarat, Punjab to Goa—to meet the generals and foot soldiers of communal wars who assert their faith in rhetoric and rage. Theirs are stories of bigotry and bloodshed, insecurity and despair, but Fernandes listens with understanding, tolerance, and a deft sense of humor, and paints a uniquely vivid and clear-sighted picture of a country divided by dogma.
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Edna Fernandes is a journalist who has worked for many leading international news organizations, including AP-Dow Jones and Reuters. Her articles have appeared in International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of The Last Jews of Kerala.Review:
'The reportage is even-handed and responsible and even delightfully witty. Fernandes's asides are precise and wicked. Above all, she offers a valuable reminder of the dark side of the economic miracle that is modern India.' Naseem Khan, Guardian 'As fair and objective an assessment of the perils that lie ahead for India as any that I have ever read. It is a must-read for all of those who wish the country to prosper as a secular democracy. A powerful book.' Khushwant Singh 'This impressively researched and lucidly written book travels quickly beyond many banalities about India today. Anyone interested in exploring the complex appeal of religious extremism in half-modern societies should read it.' PANKAJ MISHRA
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