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In Good Faith: A Journey in Search of an Unknown India

Price : $18.75
ISBN # : 9788129120946
Author : Saba Naqvi
pages: 208
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Published : 2012

Engaging and eloquent, In Good Faith makes a brilliant case for pluralism in India through examples of communities that live in perfect communal harmony with one another.

In an age when the idea of the religious community is determined by stereotypes and old fault lines, Saba Naqvi takes a journey across the country in search of her own identity among people, communities and shrines that challenge our predetermined notions of what makes a Muslim or a Hindu. Along the way, she finds places and people on the periphery of absolute identities, culling out a unique space for themselves in an orthodox, exclusivist society. In Good Faith is a journalistic account of the discovery of an India that at times defies belief the India of faraway shrines in quaint little places, and of communities and individuals who reach out to a common God.

From the Muslim forest goddess of Bengal to an unknown facet of the Shivaji legend in Maharashtra; from the disputed origins of the Shirdi Sai Baba to shrines across the land that are both temple and dargah this book shows how, in these little pockets, the idea of a tolerant India still survives. These neglected ground realities, argues the author, these little islands of pluralism, music, art and culture, may yet provide a counter to fundamentalism.



Author Bio: Saba Naqvi is the political editor of Outlook, one of India's leading news magazines, and writes on politics, governance and current affairs. She has travelled extensively across India and covered elections in the country, particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat. Beyond her role as a political reporter and analyst, she follows issues of identity and culture. She lives in New Delhi.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 12 November, 2012.
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