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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Legacy of a Divided Nation.
Boulder, Colo. : WestviewPress, c1997
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|ISBN:||0813333393 9780813333397 0813333407 9780813333403|
|Description:||xv, 383 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||1. Introduction --
2. The Myth of Muslim Unity: Colonial and National Narratives --
3. Making a Separate Nation --
4. India Partitioned: The Other Face of Freedom --
5. Secularism: The Post-colonial Predicament --
6. Forging Secular Identities --
7. Redefining Boundaries: Modernist Interpretations and the New 'Intellectual Structures' --
8. Empowering Differences: Political Actions, Sectarian Violence and the Retreat of Secularism --
9. Ayodhya and its Consequences: Reappraising Minority Identity --
App. A. Distribution of Muslim population in India --
App. B. The Divine Law --
App. C. Resolutions of the All-India Jamiyat-Ulama-i Islam conference, Calcutta, 31 October 1945 --
App. D. 'What Does Secularism Mean?' --
App. E. 'Myths Relating to Minorities in India'.
Chapter 5 examines the establishment of the 'Nehruvian consensus' in the 1940s and 1950s with its secular vision for India's future, and Chapter 6 attempts to delineate secular identities and the Muslim organisations that ran counter to this process. Chapter 7 illustrates the role of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia as the bearers of the 'beacon lights' of modern and secular understandings of the Muslim future in India. The following chapter examines the breakup of the Nehruvian consensus from the 1960s through to the 1990s, looking in particular at the reasons for the growth of communal activity and the retreat of both Muslims and Hindus into communal political camps.
The final section of the book surveys the state of India's Muslims in the period after 6 December 1992, when the Babri Masjid was demolished. The argument is that Muslim religious and political leaders have failed. There still exists a secular platform, if somewhat narrowed; secular Indian Muslim intellectuals must stand up and be counted on that platform, and take a lead.
- Muslims -- Political activity -- India.
- Islam and politics -- India.
- India -- Politics and government -- 1857-1919.
- India -- Politics and government -- 1919-1947.
- India -- Religion -- 20th century
- Muslims -- India -- History -- 20th century
- Islam and politics.
- Muslims -- Political activity.
- Political science.