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Between Terrorism and Global Governance

Book Review: Cogent Analysis of Terrorism and Governance

Main Points
- The positive dimension of liberty.
- Distinction between values and duty. There is a duty to obey the law but not to share the values. Thus communities can have working and equitable legal order without bypassing cultural moorings
- Without institution no reforms, howsoever well-meaning, can be translated into reality.  Thus

Global governance must be pursued  within the framework of the UN because it alone has legal sanctity.
Effective functioning of the International Criminal Tribunal is needed.. United States, India and other countries should submit to the jurisdiction of the tribunal because violation of human rights within the state ( or by so called non-state actors? (ed)  escape inter-national scrutiny..

Vijay Kumar disagrees with the author that  the “language of human rights can be different in different cultures”.  Universalism does not mean uniformity, yet there are certain aspects of human rights which are universalistic and should not be allowed to be trampled upon by the regressive forces of cultural relativism. The same is true for the concept of justice which has a universalistic dimension.

- Vijay Kumar in Mainstream ( December 2009). Review of the Book: Between Terrorism and Global Governance by Roberto Toscano; Har-Anand Publication; 2009; pp. 109; Price Rs 250



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extracts from a report..

..there is an intense, almost universal sentiment of fear and growing despair among Muslim citizens..

..constant dread of being profiled as a terrorist, or of a loved one being so profiled, with the attendant fears of illegal and prolonged detention, denial of bail, torture, unfair and biased investigation and trial, and extra-judicial killings...

..this is not simply a problem of victimhood..It is a grave challenge to the basic values of the Indian Constitution..



Fascism & Communalism

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This book examines the question in some detail essentially for the general, non-specialist reader. It dwells on the specificity of the Gujarat Carnage as well as the characteristics of the Sangh Pariwar. It also explores the essential distinguishing traits of fascismas a generic movement. If then seeks to compare the classic fascist organizations and the Sangh Parivar

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