Decoding Intolerance

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Decoding Intolerance
The rioting in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, in 1961 was a watershed event for India. After the Partition, it was the first time such large-scale communal violence had taken place. The author, Prateep K. Lahiri, on his first posting, was involved in bringing the situation under control. Some time later in 1969, as district magistrate of Indore, Lahiri played a key role in dealing with the outbreak of communal violence in that city. While the violence in both instances appeared to have been spontaneously provoked by an incident - just like in Gujarat in 2002 - the reasons that later emerged for the rioting revealed the deeper malaise that continues to affect our social system. Decoding Intolerance: Riots and the Emergence of Terrorism in India is a significant book by an administrator, who has observed the minutiae of the crisis from close quarters and scrutinized the role of the police and the state administration. The author synthesizes various dimensions of the issue, including the changing perceptions of Indian Muslims in the recent past, the history of religious fundamentalism and how it manifests as communal unrest, both in India and elsewhere. The phenomenon of terrorism, which has reared its ugly head over India and the world, is also touched upon to understand the implications it has had on the shifting political scenario. Decoding Intolerance critically analyzes the recurrence of communal violence and offers a persuasive argument about the problem, with a focus on its prevention in the future.
About the Author
Prateep K. Lahiri is the Chairman of the General Council and Executive Board of the ISM University, Dhanbad, a leading institute for technical education in the country. Lahiri has had a distinguished career in the civil service as an IAS officer, spanning thirty-six years, and has held the positions of secretary in the Government of India successively in two ministries: the Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Finance. Early in his career, as district magistrate in several districts, he had first-hand experience of dealing with communal conflicts and riots. For about four years, he was India's executive director on the Resident Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, with the personal rank of ambassador. After retiring from the civil service, Lahiri was also associated with the media in the capacity of secretary general of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), an apex chamber of the newspaper industry in India.
TitleDecoding Intolerance
Author NamePrateep K. Lahiri
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2009
Total No. of Pages276
Weight0.48 KGS
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