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NATION AND MINOROTIES: India's Plural Society and its Constituents


Akhtar Majeed (Edited)

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For a plural society, like the Indian, there can be no option such as ‘unity’ OR ‘diversity’ because both have to co-exist in a single framework. Liberal values have been adopted in the Constitution to facilitate the promotion of tolerance and cultural co-existence. And that was believed to be the ideal relationship for the minorities in the ‘Nation’. The present dilemma can be sorted out only if cultural, linguistic, regional and religious differences are not treated as something suspicious for the national unity, as a conflict between the majority and minorities, and if there is no dichotomy between unity and diversity. It is in this sense that 'secularism' needs to be understood. Secularism cannot be a goal of democracy or of social justice. It is only a method of achieving the same, a method of good governance for a plural society, like the Indian.

Minorities have to get incorporated into the public life of the nation as citizens and not just as dependent minorities. They have to ensure that they no longer remain clients of this or that political party but emerge as partners in sharing the power in the nation.

Kanishka Publishers, Distributors, Delhi, 2002
ISBN No.81-7391-530-X, Rs.550/-.

Contents :

1- Introduction Akhtar Majeed

2- Minorities and Nation-State Akhtar Majeed

3- National Minorities Aditya Nigam

4-Minority Rights and Liberal Neutrality: Identity Consciousness and Marginalisation of Minority Groups Arshi Khan

5- Ethno-Nationalism and Minorities in India A.S. Narang

6- Constitutional Democracy in a Plural Society - C.P. Bhambhri

7- Human Rights and Minorities - James Massey

8- Minorities: An Insecure Experience in India - Ambrose Pinto S.J.

9- Minorities and Their Backwardness: The Emerging Discourse - Prakash Louis

10-Minority Representation in Indian Legislatures - Iqbal A.Ansari

11-Language, Nation and Minorities: Implications of the Official - Ajay K. Singh

12-Crisis of Minority Identity: Urdu in Modern India - Salil Misra

13- Dalits: From Alpjan to Bahujan Kumar Suresh

14-Nation and its Minorities: A Dialogue Abid Hussain, C.P.Bhambhri, Mushirul Hasan,Aswini K.Ray, Syed Shahabuddin, Tarlochan Singh, Rajindar Sachar, R.M.Pal, Saiyid Hamid

15- Conclusions

16- Further Readings



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