This book is regarded as a personal manifesto, a statement through the history of partition and its aftermath, of the values which India's Muslims should cherish and of the national priorities they should promote. It provides the reference-point for understanding India's Partition and its legacy.
1. Introduction 2. The Myth of Muslim Unity: Colonial and National Narratives 3. Making a Separate Nation 4. India Partitioned: The Other Face of Freedom 5. Secularism: The Post-colonial Predicament 6. Forging Secular Identities 7. Redefining Boundaries: Modernist Interpretations and the New 'Intellectual Structures' 8. Empowering Differences: Political Actions, Sectarian Violence and the Retreat of Secularism 9. Ayodhya and its Consequences: Reappraising Minority Identity