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Holy Warriors: religious fundamentalism in India today

The post 9/11 world remains fixated by the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism. But Islam is not the only religion to be hijacked by the politics of the fanatic. In India, the world's largest secular democracy, the forces of fundamentalism are evident in every major religion. What lies at the heart of this fanaticism and what threat does it pose to India today?

Edna Fernandes, author of Holy Warriors: a journey into the heart of Indian fundamentalism, will speak on religious fundamentalism in India in a public event at LSE on Tuesday 9 May.

Professor John Harriss and Dr Athar Hussain (LSE), Jill McGivering (BBC), and Purna Sen (Amnesty International) will then explore the comments raised by Edna Fernandes.

  • Edna Fernandes is author of Holy Warriors: a journey into the heart of Indian fundamentalism and a former foreign correspondent of the Financial Times
  • Professor John Harriss is director of the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) at LSE
  • Dr Athar Hussain is acting director of the Asia Research Centre at LSE
  • Jill McGivering is currently a BBC world affairs correspondent, and a former South Asia correspondent with the BBC
  • Purna Sen is director of the Asia-Pacific Programme at Amnesty International.

This event is hosted by LSE's Asia Research Centre.

Holy Warriors: religious fundamentalism in India today is on Tuesday 9 May 2006 at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

2 May 2006

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