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Peace is Everybody's Business
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Peace is Everybody's Business
A Strategy for Conflict Prevention

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August 2012 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Arjun Ray's book is based on the dialogue around the counterinsurgency doctrine, arguing that the main strategy towards this aim should be preventing people from feeling alienated. The central focus of this strategy, which the author in his capacity as an army man successfully executed in Operation Sadhbhavna, is the people. The author believes that killing is counterproductive and the army must change its role from 'winning wars' to 'preventing wars'.

He also calls upon the media to be more responsible in discharging their role in nation-building rather than being a bystander.

The author proposes a three-pronged strategy to achieve success—preventing conflict by addressing human security through human development, pursuing a policy of atonement and forgiveness, and eliminating trust deficit between the State and the marginalized—the three pillars of Operation Sadhbhavna. The failure on the part of the State and the army to follow this strategy, with terrible human cost and devastating consequences, is charted through the examples of the Naxalite and Kashmiri experience.


 
Preface
The Signposts: Hope, Modernization and Non-Violence

 
Alienation: Poverty, Land, Culture and Politics

 
Muslim Alienation and National Mainstream

 
Conflict Prevention

 
Human Security

 
Centre of Gravity: The People

 
Winning the Hearts of Alienated Societies

 
Culture of Silence and Critical Consciousness

 
Women's Empowerment

 
Changing Role of the Military: Preventing Wars and Not Winning Wars

 
Re-Education of the Security Forces

 
Media's Public Interest Role?

 
Technology for Peace

 
Leading through Chaos and Uncertainty

 
Epilogue: The Unfinished Jasmine Revolutions and the Virtual Revolution: Lessons in Conflict Prevention

 
 
Index

An important contribution to the discourse on security sector reform. It will also be helpful to those engaged in peace building evaluation, particularly with respect to the implementation and monitoring of conflict prevention programs

The Book Review

A very Interesting and knowledgeable commentary on the state of Muslim across the world...[The book] has interesting in-depth analysis of the issues that are extremely crucial for India.

Bureaucracy India

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