Indian Muslim(s) After Liberalization

ISBN : 9780199489916

Maidul Islam
336 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2019
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This book deals with the problems of Muslim minorities in contemporary India. This book suggests that there are three principal reasons for a neglect of the socio-economic aspects of Indian Muslims during the period of neoliberal economic reforms. First, the problems of Muslims are inadequately understood by the governmental agencies and the political leadership. As a result, the state either ignores the real issues of the Muslims or tries to resolve them through a piecemeal approach. Secondly, the lack of a progressive leadership among the Indian Muslims has traditionally confined the problems of the community to the issues of identity and security instead of the demands for equity. Thirdly, popular Hindi cinema has misrepresented the identity of Indian Muslims by age-old stereotypes, demonisation and vilification without showing the actual problems of the Muslim minorities. As a result, the wrong notions, misconception, and myths regarding Muslims only proliferate and permeate among large sections of the Indian population while the structural problems of the Muslims hardly get attention for remedy. Finally, without being trapped in the Muslim question, this book has proposed three routes of radical democratic politics along with visions for a post-neoliberal order of reimagining India in the 21st century.


List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Prologue: Muslim Identity Formation in Neoliberal India

1: The Muslim Question in the Neoliberal Regime
2. Imag(in)ing Indian Muslims in Post-Liberalisation Hindi Cinema
3. Indian Muslims and the Politics of Affirmative Action
4. Political Articulations of Indian Muslims in an Era of Globalisation
Epilogue: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics in India
About the Author

About the author: 

Maidul Islam is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Previously he has taught Political Science at Presidency University, Kolkata and is the author of Limits of Islamism (2015).

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