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.

Re-Turning the Idea of Minority: Going Beyond the Politics of Recognition

Re-turning the idea of minority: Going beyond the politics of recognition

In recent times, India has witnessed several protests and movements by different groups demanding for their recognition as minorities and seeking the guarantee of minority rights. Everyday politics has been replete with political incidents and struggles for the acknowledgment and security of minority rights. A cursory glance at contemporary politics in the recent past would substantiate this position. In March 2012, the Jats, a supposedly upper-caste Hindu community, organized violent protests demanding their inclusion under the ambit of the policy of positive discrimination, more popularly known as the policy of reservation in government employment. In May 2012, women activists agitated against the government's apathy ...

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