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This compilation analyzes the terror attacks on 26/11 in Mumbai from various angles, based on the understanding that deeper issues are hidden behind every such tragedy. It discusses terrorism, law, Indo-Pak relations, the indigenous causes of terrorism in India, the role of the state, the pattern of investigations so far, the prevalent laws, the response of civic society, the role of the media, the unsolved puzzles and the need for a deeper inquiry into the incident. Most of the chapters have been written in the immediate aftermath of the incident and bear the imprint of the pain and anguish it caused.
With a focus on 26/11, the chapters discuss the entire phenomenon of terrorism. The broad contours of the analysis include the killing of non-combatants, the political motive or the statement behind such killings, and the secret planning of such attacks where the actors are even willing or keen to lay down their lives for bringing about such devastation. The book will be of great interest to the public at large and also to policy makers.
The book is a compilation of articles which analyse the phenomenon of terrorism and where the contributors have tried to analyse the events from various angles, apart from discussing law, role of state, pattern of investigation, the prevalent laws, the responses of civil society, the role of media and what not.
This compilation analyses the terror attacks on 26/11 in Mumbai from various angles, based on the understanding that deeper issues are hidden behind every such tragedy.
About the Author
Ram Puniyani was a Professor at IIT Mumbai from 1984 to 2004. He was associated with the work of national integration and communal harmony from 1993. Part of the campaigns were associated with secular initiatives. He has contributed regular articles/essays on the topic, and has conducted workshops on the theme of national integration. He has been awarded Indira Gandhi National Integration Award (2006), and National Communal Harmony Award (2007). He has written books like Communalism Facts versus Myths (2003), Religion Power and Violence (2005), Contours of Hindu Rashtra (2006), Terrorism Facts versus Myths (2006), Second Assasination of Gandhi (2004).
Shabnam Hashmi is a social activist, a rebel, a fearless fighter and a human rights defender. She has been working as a social activist, and in 2003 formed Anhad. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 women from across the world in 2005. She was awarded the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA) Star Award for Communal Harmony in 2005, Smriti Samman in 2005 and the National Minority Rights Award 2008 by the National Minority Commission. She is a member of the National Integration Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, a Council Member of the National Literary Mission, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.