Religion and Security in South and Central Asia by K. Warikoo

By K. Warikoo

Religion and defense play a huge function in conventional societies. In South and significant Asia, conventional and average Islamic ideals and practices with powerful indigenous and Sufi content material are diametrically against radical Wahabi and Taliban manufacturers of Islam illiberal of alternative cultures and teams. The emergence of radical extremist and violent Islamist pursuits poses critical demanding situations to the secular and democratic polity, inter-religious concord, safety and territorial integrity of states within the zone. As such, non secular extremism, terrorism, drug trafficking and palms smuggling are seen through numerous international locations in South and principal Asia and in addition within the West because the major threats to their defense.

Against this backdrop, this booklet presents neighborhood views on faith, safeguard, heritage and geopolitics in South Asia and principal Asia in an built-in demeanour. offering a holistic and up to date view of the advancements within and throughout South and valuable Asia, it deals concise analyses through specialists at the zone. members speak about themes comparable to the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the politics and perform of Islamist terrorism in India, and the safety demanding situations posed through spiritual radicalism in Bangladesh. The ebook makes an important contribution to South and vital Asian stories, in addition to reviews on neighborhood Security.

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Religion and Security in South and Central Asia

Faith and protection play an immense function in conventional societies. In South and imperative Asia, conventional and average Islamic ideals and practices with robust indigenous and Sufi content material are diametrically against radical Wahabi and Taliban manufacturers of Islam illiberal of different cultures and teams.

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But this is seen as promoting vulgarity by the masses. The civil society is unwilling to take an unambiguous stand in favour of keeping religion out of politics and promises a mish-mash of Islam and democracy. The Islamists, on the other hand, promise pristine Islamic system. Not surprisingly then, the signs of a social transformation are everywhere. But these are visible only if one wishes to see them, not so much in wellappointed areas of Lahore, Islamabad or Karachi, as in lower-middle-class colonies and small towns and villages around the country.

To the extent that such parallel systems have some sort of constitutional cover, the same can be extended to the tribal belt as well. In addition, representative government can be introduced in the area and political activities can be extended to the tribal belt. Many people in Pakistan believe that heightened political activity in the tribal areas will help tremendously in ushering in liberal values in the region. The contradiction between imposition of a medieval Islamic system and at the same time trying to usher in modern political activity is, however, just too big to reconcile.

The bigger issue will be the demands that the Islamists are making on the war on terror. If the Pakistani government concedes these demands, it will pit the country directly against the entire Western world. On the other hand, if these demands are not conceded, the fledgling peace process in the Pashtun belt will collapse. Given that the Islamists seem to be holding all the cards, it is highly unlikely that they will relent on their demands, something that the Pakistani state, caught as it is Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 07:33 27 August 2012 36 S.

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