Recently, after the publication of the volume under review, parts of coastal Andhra, and to a lesser extent coastal Tamil Nadu, faced the fury of a cyclone, with considerable loss of life and property, leaving a grim trail of sorrow and suffering. But this year’s cyclone can hardly be compared with the calamity that struck the Andhra coast twenty months ago.
The contributors to this volume including former Indian Army Chief General V.P. Malik, S.D. Muni, Arvind Gupta among others, all belonging to the South Asian region, have provided valuable insights on the issue of terrorism and have also suggested measures to deal with the problem.
Fatal Faultlines is a lucid account delving into many difficult questions which lie at the heart of interactions between Islam, the West and Pakistan. These range from historical confrontation between Muslim and western civilizations and their impact on the current ‘dialogue’ between Muslim countries and the West.
Among the many metaphors for Afghanistan, cross roads in the most commonly used. Now it can additionally be described as the junction point of intellectual and academic endeavour: on war and terrorism; on religion and fundamentalism; on conflict zones and instability; on institution building and State construction.
The concept of self-determination generally implies that communities—ethnic, linguistic, regional or otherwise—should be left to themselves to choose the form of self-government that suits them best. But the ‘themselves’ are often politically, economically and socially too fragmented to come to a consensus on the best choice.