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



About the Book: In Good Faith: A Journey in Search of an UnknownIndia Engaging and eloquent, In Good Faith makes a brilliant case forpluralism in India through examples of communities that live inperfect communal harmony with one another. In an age when the idea of the religious community isdeterminedby stereotypes and old fault lines, Saba Naqvi takes ajourneyacross the country in search of her own identity amongpeople,communities and shrines that challenge our predeterminednotions ofwhat makes a Muslim or a Hindu. Along the way, she findsplaces andpeople on the periphery of absolute identities, cullingout aunique space for themselves in an orthodox, exclusivistsociety. InGood Faith is a journalistic account of the discovery ofan Indiathat at times defies belief the India of faraway shrines inquaintlittle places, and of communities and individuals who reachout toa common God. From the Muslim forest goddess of Bengal to an unknown facetofthe Shivaji legend in Maharashtra; from the disputed origins oftheShirdi Sai Baba to shrines across the land that are both templeanddargah this book shows how, in these little pockets, the idea ofatolerant India still survives. These neglected groundrealities,argues the author, these little islands of pluralism,music, artand culture, may yet provide a counter tofundamentalism. In Good Faith recounts the journey of veteran journalist Saba Naqvi through littleknown shrines across the country as she looks for a secular India. Written in an engaging, anecdotal manner, Naqvi talks about her experiences with people and communities that live in perfect communal harmony with one another, but are never in the limelight. Filled with quaint, folksy tales and popular legends such as the healing prowess of a Virgin Mary statue or the platform Pirs of Uttar Pradesh whose blessings are required for safe journeys,


2012 Hardback






Saba Naqvi


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