This book will make you revisit the ‘minority question’ as it has been understood, conventionally.

This book subjects to scrutiny some of the well-established social science concepts such as minority, ethnicity, inclusion, exclusion, and self-determination, among others. The purpose of the enquiry is neither to debunk these concepts nor to highlight their relevance/irrelevance, but merely to guard against their unselective usage by scholars. The work is an endeavor to address some of the questions that animate current scholarship on minority and minoritization. In doing so, the book draws upon European and Indian experiences of cultural diversities as these regions are two of the most culturally diverse regions in the world and engage with diversity from within a democratic framework.

Minority Question in India

Minority question in India
Bishnu N.Mohapatra


This chapter focuses on explicating the shifting contours of “minority question” in India. It tries to do this in the light of changing historical frames. Two things are kept at the forefront of this chapter. First, the “minority question” has been posed within a broader narrative of society and social change in India. This is informed by the belief that any discussion on “minorities” in isolation or without paying attention to the larger political and social system will be vacuous. Second, while discussing this theme, I have tried to forge a narrative that is deliberately open-ended and resistant to an artificial closure. Without this, I fear, the narrative can very well get frozen and the discourse of ...

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