Minorities and the State discusses the plight of two numerically significant religious minority groups: Hindus in Bangladesh and Muslims in West Bengal, India.
The political vicissitudes in India and Bangladesh have stirred up questions relating to citizenship, nationality, and identity. In this volume, academics from India, Bangladesh, and Japan examine the formation of minority identity at the time of partition of India in 1947 and in subsequent decades. The articles emphasize the crises and coping strategies, migration, and state- and local-level politics affecting minorities.
By utilizing data from varied sources like field work, archival research, and secondary sources, this volume explores deprivation and different dimensions of minority life from political, economic, civil society, gender, and literary perspectives.
- Part I
- Chapter 1: The Minorities in Post-Partition West Bengal: The Riots of 1950
- Chapter 2: On the Margins: Muslims in West Bengal
- Chapter 3: ‘Wrestling with My Shadow’: The State and the Immigrant Muslims in Contemporary West Bengal
- Chapter 4: Partition Refugees on Borders: Assimilation in West Bengal
- Part II
- Chapter 5: Political Economy of Deprivation of Hindu Minority in Bangladesh: Living with the Vested Property Act
- Chapter 6: Role of Civil Society in Combating Violence against Religious Minorities during the Post-2001 General Elections of Bangladesh
- Chapter 7: Hindu Minority in Bangladesh: Migration, Marginalization, and Minority Politics in Bengal
- Chapter 8: Status of Hindu Women: Spheres of Human Rights Violation in Bangladesh
- Chapter 9: The Crises of Hindu Minority as Depicted in the Fictions of Contemporary Bangladesh