Savage Humans and Stray Dogs: A Study in Aggression by Hiranmay Karlekar (Paperback, 2008)
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- DescriptionThe mass slaughter of stray dogs at Bangalore and elsewhere in Karnataka in 2007 outraged animal lovers throughout India. While the killing of two children, attributed to such animals, was profoundly tragic, the authorities' response was both cruel and counter-productive in terms of a strategy for controlling stray dog populations. Savage Humans and Stray Dogs: A Study in Aggression explores the entire gory train of events in detail and argues that there might have been more to it than met the eye. The book looks at human aggression and the entire range of relations between human and n-human living beings, and contends that the onslaught had its cultural/psychological roots in a mindset that has evolved in a universe of morality that humans have created and which excludes animals. This universe reflects the defining influence of the Judaeo-Christian and Renaissance-Humanist tradition on the evolution of modernity in the West. In contrast, the major ancient Indian texts embody a very different tradition in which all creation, animate and inanimate, is seen to be a manifestation of the Universal Consciousness and, hence, deserving of justice and respect. The author explores the psychological roots of violence, showing that in some cases, demand for slaughter of animals reflects the transference of the gecidal impulse to it. This book is a stimulating read for people interested in the study of behavioural psychology, aggression, violence, human-animal relations and the environment. It would also be an invaluable resource for animal rights activists.
- Author BiographyHiranmay Karlekar, a distinguished Indian journalist, is Consultant Editor of The Pioneer and, currently, a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, India's apex governmental body dealing with animal welfare. Mr Karlekar frequently writes on animals in his column which appears in The Pioneer every Thursday and has also written about them in The Tribune and the Outlook magazine. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard (Class of 1967), Mr Karlekar, in his career as a journalist spanning four-and-a-half decades, has been Editor of Hindustan Times, Deputy Editor of The Indian Express, and Assistant Editor of The Statesman and the Hindusthan Standard, an erstwhile publication of the Ananda Bazar Patrika group in Kolkata. Starting his journalistic career with Ananda Bazar Patrika as a Staff reporter in 1963, Mr Karlekar has also been Associate Editor of Aajkaal published from Kolkata. A member of the Press Council of India in two stints during 1978-80 and 2004-07, Mr Karlekar has been a General Secretary of the Editors Guild of India, a member of the Board of Directors of the Press Trust of India, one of India's two national news agencies, and a nominee of the Editors Guild in the Central Press Accreditation Committee of the Government of India. Apart from his innumerable journalistic writings, Mr Karlekar's publications include two Bengali Novels, Bhabisyater Ateet (1994) and Mehrunnisa (1995), the latter based on Bangladesh's Liberation struggle, a socio-political work in English, In the Mirror of Mandal: Social Justice, Caste, Class and the Individual (1992), and Bangladesh: The Next Afghanistan? (2005). He edited-and contributed two chapters to-Independent India: The First Fifty Years (1998), an anthology of essays published to mark 50 years of India's independence. Mr Karlekar is a keen photographer.
- Author(s)Hiranmay Karlekar
- PublisherSAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
- Date of Publication19/08/2008
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew Delhi
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintSAGE India
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight358 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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