Communalism in Postcolonial India

Communalism in Postcolonial India : Changing contours

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This book reconceptualises the idea of communalism in independent India. It locates the changing contours of politics and religion in the country from the colonial times to the present day, and makes an important intervention in understanding the relationship between communalism and communal violence. It evaluates the role of state, media, civil societies, political parties, and other actors in the process as well as ideas such as secularism, nationalism, minority rights and democracy. Using new conceptual tools and an interdisciplinary approach, the work challenges the conventional understanding of communalism as time and context independent. This topical volume will be useful to scholars and researchers in South Asian politics, political science, history, sociology and social anthropology, as well as the interested general reader.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 17.53mm | 476g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • CRC Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 black & white tables
  • 1138936049
  • 9781138936041

Review quote

'This rich collection of essays ... brings together several theoretical and empirical approaches to the problem of communalism and secularism; at times disturbing the analytic and political slumber ... This timely collection ought to invite serious social debate and political action.' - Upendra Baxi, University of Warwick 'Communalism, and associated violence, has been a feature of India since the colonial period. This important collection of essays examines the phenomenon especially towards the end of the twentieth century.'- Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London 'Through new theoretical approaches and case studies, these ... essays pursue the restless and mercurial spectre of communal conflict that continues to haunt Indian society.' - Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles
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About Mujibur Rehman

Mujibur Rehman is member of faculty at the Dr K R Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India.
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Table of contents

Preface. Introduction Mujibur Rehman. 1. Reflections on Secularism and Communalism in Constituent Assembly Debates and Beyond Sibani K. Chaube 2. Institutional Communalism in India Pritam Singh 3. The Philosophy of Number Dilip Simeon 4. Tracing the Trajectory of Communalism and Communal Violence in India Prateep Lahiri 5. The Diaspora Community Martha Nussbaum 6. Gandhi and Religious Fanaticism Ramin Jehanbegloo 7. Communal Violence in India: Ending Impunity Harsh Mander 8. Conflict and Attrition in the North-east: Identity, Impunity and Inequality Sanjoy Hazarika 9. Role of Intellectuals and Hindu- Muslim Divide Hitendra Patel 10. Indian Christians: History and Contemporary Challenges Savio Abreu, Ashok Kumar and Rowena Robinson 11. Politics of Anti-Christian Violence in Kandhamal, 2008 Mujibur Rehman 12. United Progressive Alliance (I) and India's Muslims: Redefining Equality of Opportunity? Heewon Kim Bibliography
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