Another India tells the story of the world’s biggest religious minority through vivid biographical portraits that weave together the stories of both elite and subaltern Muslims.
By challenging traditional histories and highlighting the neglect of minority rights since Independence, Pratinav Anil argues that Muslims, since 1947, have had to contend with discrimination, disadvantage, deindustrialization, dispossession and disenfranchisement, as well as an unresponsive leadership. He explores the rise and fall of the Indian Muslim elite and the birth of the nationalist Muslim, and emphasizes the importance of class in understanding the dynamics of Indian politics.
Anil also sheds light on the vested custodial interests and the depoliticization of the privileged classes, all of which resulted in the elite betrayal by the landed gentry of the ordinary members of the community, a betrayal whose consequences are still felt by India's 200 million Muslims today.
Another India ultimately recovers Muslim agency from the back pages of history and offers a different picture of democratic India, challenging received accounts of the world's largest democracy.
Another India: The Making Of The World'S Largest Muslim Minority 1947-77
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27 November 2023
Pratinav Anil is a lecturer in history at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, whose writings have appeared in The Times, Guardian, Spectator and History Today. He is the co-author, with Christophe Jaffrelot, of India's First Dictatorship.