Mar 21, 2024, 4:30 pm5:30 pm
Louis A. Simpson International Building, Room A71


Event Description
The talk will explore the emergent tension between the minority imagination and anticaste politics among India’s most significant religious minority, the Muslims. Since the late 1990s, the enactment of the Pasmanda identity by the lowered-caste Muslims has increasingly resisted the hegemony of the privileged caste Ashraf Muslims. The nascent Pasmanda counterdiscourse has contested the critical elements of the entrenched Muslim-minority discourse — identity and the religio-cultural, security and interreligious (communal) violence, and equity and affirmative action — and characterized it as a machination for reproducing elite interests. The Pasmanda narratives, in their attempt to conceive a politics beyond the dominant dyads — majority-minority, secular-communal, Islamophobia-Islamophilia — are enriching the democratic imagination and struggles in a significant way.