Edna Fernandes’ Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism is an eye-opening exploration of India’s incendiary religious mix.
Home to all the major religions, India is host to every type of fanatic. No other nation has heard as many war cries in the name of God as India. For centuries, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs have waged bloody wars, sought violent conversion and declared jihad against their enemies. Fernandes travels into past and present theatres of religious conflict to meet the generals and foot soldiers of India’s holy wars. Here is evidence that every religion can be hijacked by the forces of fundamentalism.
Holy Warriors takes the reader on a journey from Kashmir to Kerala, from the Punjab to Goa, reporting from the frontlines of the fanatics. Meet Hinduism’s saffron warriors who are inspired by Nazi doctrine and Sikh extremists who seek a Land of the Pure. Enter the notorious madrassa that is the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban and Nagaland, land of former headhunter tribes who are now fighting in the name of Christ.