Book The politics of extremism in South Asia / Deepa M. Ollapally.
Publication year: 2008.
Call Number DS341 .O44 2008
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge ;New York : Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521699129 0521699126 9780521875844 0521875846
Extent: xi, 239 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
South Asia is home to a range of extremist groups from jihadists of Pakistan to Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. In the popular mind, extremism and terrorism are linked to ethnic and religious factors. Yet the dominant history of South Asia is notable for tolerance and co-existence, despite highly plural societies. Deepa Ollapally examines extremist groups in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Northeast India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to offer a fresh perspective on causes of extremism. What accounts for its rise in societies not historically predisposed to extremism? What determines winners and losers in the identity struggles in South Asia? What tips the balance between more moderate versus extremist outcomes? The book argues that politics, inter-state and international relations often play a more important role in rise of extremism in South Asia than religious identity, poverty, and state repression--Publisher's description.
1. Introduction: beyond and before the 9/11 framework -- 2. Situating violent conflict in South Asia -- 3. Afghanistan's changing fortunes -- 4. Pakistan at the crossroads -- 5. Conflict and contradiction in Kashmir -- 6. Sri Lanka's violent spiral -- 7. Bangladesh: divided politics and geopolitics.