This book engages with the concept, true value, and function of democracy in South Asia against the background of real social conditions for the promotion of peaceful development in the region.

In the book, the issue of peaceful social development is defined as the conditions under which the maintenance of social order and social development is achieved – not by violent compulsion but through the negotiation of intentions or interests among members of society. The book assesses the issue of peaceful social development and demonstrates that the maintenance of such conditions for long periods is a necessary requirement for the political, economic, and cultural development of a society and state. Chapters argue that, through the post-colonial historical trajectory of South Asia, it has become commonly understood that democracy is the better, if not the best, political system and value for that purpose. Additionally, the book claims that, while democratization and the deepening of democracy have been broadly discussed in the region, the peace that democracy is supposed to promote has been in serious danger, especially in the 21st century.

A timely survey and re-evaluation of democracy and peaceful development in South Asia, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of South Asian Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and Asian Politics and Security.



ByMinoru Mio, Kazuya Nakamizo, Tatsuro Fujikura
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part I|73 pages

Democracy, state and religion

chapter 1|17 pages

Democracy and vigilantism

The spread of Gau Rakshaks in India
ByKazuya Nakamizo
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chapter 2|21 pages

Creating majoritarian democracy

Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2017 Legislative Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh
ByNorio Kondo
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chapter 3|14 pages

Practicing the right to indifference

Secularism, toleration, and Islamophobia in Indian and American national subjectivities
ByPeter Gottschalk
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chapter 4|19 pages

State and violence in Burma/Myanmar

The Rohingya crisis and its implication for South and South-East Asia
ByKazi Fahmida Farzana
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part II|66 pages

Democratization and social movements

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chapter 7|14 pages

Abul Sattar Edhi

The modern incarnation of a Pacifist Sufi
ByTahir Kamran
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chapter 8|14 pages

Movements of flats and citizens

Notes on spatial politics in Mumbai
ByYoko Taguchi
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part III|44 pages

How does a conflict end?

chapter 9|20 pages

Life beyond the paradox

Peace, ethnic conflict, and everyday realities of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh 1
ByRanjan Saha Partha
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chapter 10|11 pages

Communities and mediation in post-conflict Nepal

ByTatsuro Fujikura
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chapter 11|11 pages

Maps, migration, melancholia

ByPradeep Jeganathan
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