Holy Warriors: A Journey Into The Heart Of Indian Fundamentalism

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Granta Books, Feb 3, 2011 - Religion - 368 pages
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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 proselytizing 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. In Holy Warriors, 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 humour, and paints a uniquely vivid and clear-sighted picture of a country divided by dogma.
 

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Contents

Land of the Pure
The Militant Messiah
The Unforgiven
The Disappeared
The Face of Judgement
Saffron Warriors 
The Godfather
GujaratThe Ghost of Partition

The Crusaders
Inquisition and Exposition
Fish Fry and Fundamentalism
Last Tango in Goa
The God Squads
Headhunters and Missionaries
Nagaland for Christ
Blood Tears and Oil
Land of the Pure
Goosestepping into the Sunrise
Turbulent Priests
Lost Temple of Ram
BJP Babe on the Election Trail
The Saffron Revolt
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Copyright
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EDNA FERNANDES is a British-Indian journalist who has worked for many of the leading international news organizations from AP-Dow Jones and Reuters in London to the FT in New Delhi. Her articles have been reproduced in the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune. She is now at work on her second book for Portobello, The Last Jews of Kerala.

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