Collective violence seems to be part of our life today. Violent conflicts around many issues including religion, culture, and ethnicity mark the contemporary world. One may also note that the highest number of violent conflicts is located in Africa and Asia. In this context studies and analysis like these presented in this book are important.
This book is the outcome of a Seminar organized by Developing Countries Research Centre (dcrc), University of Delhi, and Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi. The topic of the Seminar finds its expression in the title of the book itself.
The various papers presented in this book are addressing issues and problems arising out of conflicts and collective violence. Historical wounds are created in the collective consciousness of the societies because of violence and conflicts. Political use ofreligion increases tensions between communities. Fractured memories, bitterness and wounded psyche are left behind by any act of violence. It is not enough to prevent conflicts. We need to develop interactive social institutions to initiate a process of healing historical wounds and to cure the wounded psyche of the people. We ought to move towards a process of reconciliation even for sanity in life. This book will surely help one in this venture.