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Socio-Political Violence and the Crisis of Governance in South Asia

K. S. Subramanian

This chapter attempts a brief exploration of the phenomenon of socio-political violence in the South Asian region today, in the context of their implications for ‘humane governance’ as conceptualized by the Mahbub-ul-Haq Human Development Centre (MHDC 1999). Since Hindus and Muslims live together mainly in the three major countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, the chapter pays special attention to Hindu—Muslim violence in India, which has implications for regional stability and security. Detailed attention is paid to the Gujarat genocide of 2002, throwing light on aspects of the administration and Government in India, which inhibit the creation of ...

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