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Peace is Everybody's Business: A Strategy for Conflict Prevention

by Arjun Ray SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Ray's book is based on the dialogue around the counterinsurgency doctrine, arguing that the main strategy towards this aim should be preventing people from feeling alienated. The central focus of this strategy, which the author in his capacity as an army man 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'. He also calls upon the media to be more responsible in discharging their role in nation-building rather than being a bystander. The author proposes a three-pronged strategy to achieve success-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 three pillars of Operation Sadhbhavna. The failure on the part of the State and the army to follow this strategy, with terrible human cost and devastating consequences, is charted through the examples of the Naxalite and Kashmiri experience.

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, Vol 37, October 2013
A soldier-scholar of the Indian army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience in war, conflict management and social transformation.Lt General Ray served as Indiaas Deputy Military Advisor in London. In his last assignment, he commanded the newly raised 14 Corps in Ladakh. As part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 Sadbhavana schools, 11 womenas empowerment centres and 60 adult education centres for non-literate women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the highest award in the armed forces for distinguished service. His success story in change leadership has been selected as a case study for business and management schools in India.In his second callingainternational school educationahe has set up three International Baccalaureate Schools, the Leadership School, and the worldas first Equal Opportunity School for children living below the poverty line. IB World has recently acclaimed the general as one of the six IB World School Leaders on rethinking education, especially by making high-quality education affordable to the poor.The authoras first book, Kashmir Diary: The Psychology of Militancy (1997), is a purple primer in understanding the mind and motivation behind political violence.