Holy Warriors: A Journey Into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism

Holy Warriors A Journey Into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism No other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as has India Hindus have fought Muslims Christians have sought to convert animists Sikhs have arme

  • Title: Holy Warriors: A Journey Into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism
  • Author: Edna Fernandes
  • ISBN: 9780670058709
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as has India Hindus have fought Muslims, Christians have sought to convert animists, Sikhs have armed themselves against Muslims, and Muslims have declared jihad on the kind of Hindu that took delight in the demolition of the Babri mosque Here in India, writes journalist ENo other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as has India Hindus have fought Muslims, Christians have sought to convert animists, Sikhs have armed themselves against Muslims, and Muslims have declared jihad on the kind of Hindu that took delight in the demolition of the Babri mosque Here in India, writes journalist Edna Fernandes, there is evidence that every religion can be hijacked by the forces of fundamentalism.Fernandes travels to the country s recent and past theatres of fundamentalism from Kashmir to Gujarat, Punjab to Goa to meet the generals and foot soldiers of communal wars, and lets their rage and rhetoric speak for them The Imam of Delhi s Jama Masjid calls upon his co religionists to form militant squads to combat persecution by Hindus In Nagaland as in Kashmir what was once a political insurgency is now a holy war, and armed Baptists demand a separate homeland for Christ.Twenty years after the storming of the Golden Temple and the anti Sikh riots, an Akali leader in Amritsar cannot forgive, and speaks of continuing the fight for Sikh honour Sometimes through the pen Sometimes down the barrel of a gun And in shakhas across India, Hindu hardliners ready themselves for the final solution ethnic cleansing.There are as many stories of prejudice and violence in these pages as there are of insecurity and despair But they are told by an investigative writer who has readied herself to hear out all with understanding, tolerance and even humour Examining India s contemporary history of rabble rousing and worse, Fernandes has written an important book about the compulsions and consequences of bigotry The cancer of religious bigotry and intolerance has afflicted all communities Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians This is vividly brought out in Edna Fernandes s powerful book Holy Warriors is 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 for all of those who wish this country to prosper as a secular democracy Khushwant Singh

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    1. Picked this book up randomly at a second hand outlet near china town, having completed the book I have benefited tremendously from Edna's narrative in the social-political problems facing India today. Well written and those interested in the internal disputes between various religious groups in India will really enjoy this book. This book has made it clear to me the dangers sectarianism can cause in a society and erode centuries of peaceful integration


    2. I picked it up at the library while pulling down a bunch of other, more general, books on the subcontinent. For some reason religious fundamentalists fascinate me, and I will read books on them, not matter what flavor of fundamental they are. This was an interesting read, since it seems like a lot of history books gloss over the impact of religion in the area aside from Pakistan = Muslim, India = Hindu and/or Secular-ish. It seemed at times like a bit too much of a travelogue and Fernandes gets [...]


    3. India has always been a land of contrasts. From the physical majesty of the northern Himalayas, to the exotic beaches of the Goan coast, its landscape is simply breath-taking. It is not simply a land of physical contrasts however, but one divided by many religions, identities that splinter the country and cause fault lines that crack like earthquakes and can leave many dead. The religions are multiple in India, but the core four are: Christianity, Hindu, Islam and Sikh. Edna Fernandes’ aim is [...]


    4. An in depth examination. Of the religious tensions that exist in India. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christian all co-exist in India; not always peacefully. For Many Indians religion isn't just a Sunday thing. It's a way of life and different culture. Edna Fernandez was born in Goa, a catholic area. In writing Holy Warriors she travelled India talking to true believers, major players and the man in the street. She details the history behind each religion and examines the roots of tensions; some of t [...]


    5. I really quite enjoyed this book. I had no idea about all that is happening in India and I can somewhat understand why India won't let any of the major religions have their own area's because it really would be the end the India. I was really shocked about the Catholic section in the book I had no idea and now I do. Fundamentalism is so dangerous in All religions. I just hope that the Indians find a way to tolerate each other and let one and other live in peace and worship freely.


    6. Apart from being well-written and engaging, Edna Fernandes' book approaches all possible angles in all her stories. Holy Warriors is informative, entertaining and revealing at best; travelogue at worst, providing some very good reasons to pick it up and read.


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