The book provides insight into the changing nature of Muslim politics and the ideas of citizenship in independent India. It studies the electoral mobilization of minority groups across North India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh where Muslims have been demographically dominant in various constituencies. The volume discusses themes such as the making and unmaking of the ‘Congress heartland’ and the threat of revival of ‘Muslim communalism’, alongside issues of representation, property, language politics, rehabilitation and citizenship, politics of Waqf, personal law and Hindu counter-mobilization. The author utilizes previously unused government and institutional files, private archives, interviews and oral resources to address questions central to Indian politics and society.
An important intervention, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of politics, Indian history, minority studies, law, political studies, nationalism, electoral politics, partition studies, political sociology, sociology and South Asian Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Making and Unmaking of the Congress Heartland 2. Muslim Politics in India’s Heartland 3.The Making of the Hindi Heartland 4. Property, Rehabilitation and Citizenship 5.The Husainabad Trust: A Case of Shi‘a Heartland 6. Mandir-Masjid Politics: Muslim Appeasement and Hindu Counter- Mobilization Conclusion
Aishwarya Pandit is Associate Professor at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, India. She was previously a visiting fellow at the Centre for Developing Societies, New Delhi, India. She has also taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, India.