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Book Review

Akbar S. Ahmed
Vistaar Publications, New Delhi, 2003

Jaideep Saikia
Vision Books, New Delhi, 2004
Ranjit Kumar Gupta
Wordsmiths, Delhi

The Maoist insurgency in India (also known as Naxalite), which was started at Naxalbari in the Darjiling district of West Bengal in 1967, has now spread to 159 districts in fourteen states. They have virtually spread over 20 per cent of the total districts in India. Till the end of year 2004, Naxalite violence had claimed 518 lives in 1,140 incidents against 348 deaths in 1,138 incidents in the corresponding period last year. The Naxalite problem is in certain respects more serious than the Kashmir problem.

German Advisory Council on Global Change
Earthscan, London, January 2008. Pages: 248
Roger Moody
International Books, The Netherlands (2005)
Sridhar K. Khatri and Gert W. Kueck
RCSS (Colombo), Konrad Adenauer Foundation (New Delhi) and Shipra Publications (Delhi) 2003

The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC on September 11, 2001 shocked the international community. Terrorism, which by and large was considered a phenomena limited to Middle east and South Asia, was threatening the worlds most rich and powerful — the United States. The initial response to these terrorist acts was a knee-jerk military attack led by the US on the bases of al-Qaeda and its host Taliban in Afghanistan.

Tridivesh Singh Maini
Siddharth Publication, New Delhi, 2007
Joshua S. Goldstein
Cambridge University Press, New York, 2003. [Paperback] Published in 2003

In almost all cultures and societies, the stereotypical vision of war has been persistent; women are supposed to be the outsiders of war. War is men’s business. They go to the front, do the fighting, take the risks and make the decisions. Women stay at home, take care of the children and keep the home fires burning, waiting for their soldier husbands to come home. In War and Gender, Joshua Goldstein, attempts addressing the “near-total exclusion of women from combat” over time and across cultures.

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