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Peace is Everybody's Business

Peace is Everybody's Business
A Strategy for Conflict Prevention

First Edition

August 2012 | 256 pages | SAGE India
Peace is Everybody's Business is about conflict prevention, hope and peace for the oppressed and alienated, and the imaginative use of soft-power to win back estranged communities into the social and political mainstream.

Past strategies in managing alienated societies have been derived from two extreme ideological positions-imprisoning those who take up arms against the stage, or ultra-liberalism, which is denounced as impractical. The author suggests an alternative strategy to reconcile these two extreme positions-a three-pronged strategy to achieve success by 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 central focus of this strategy, which the author in his capacity as a General 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'.

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


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.

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