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R u p t u r e s: South Asian Islam and the Caste Question
Ruptures in Islam


[Organized by The Patna Collective]

Ruptures in Islam

Venue: Conference Room No. 1 (Main Building), India International Centre, New Delhi 

December 1-2, 2012. 


Conference Schedule


9:00 am: Opening Session


Welcome and Introduction by The Patna Collective

Conversation One—Caste and Islam: Conceptual Approaches in Social Sciences

Prof. Imtiaz Ahmad, Formerly Professor of Political Sociology, JNU, New Delhi

Interlocutor: Dr. Hilal Ahmad, CSDS, New Delhi

11:15 am: Tea Break
11:30 am: Session II

Conversation Two—Pasmanda Movement: The Politicization of Muslim Caste

Ali Anwar Ansari, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Founder All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz (AIPMM), Bihar & Vilas Sonawane, Social Activist and Founder All India Muslim OBC Organization (AIMOBCO), Maharashtra

Interlocutor: Khalid Anis Ansari, The Patna Collective, New Delhi 

1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1: 45 pm: Session III

Academic Panel I

Paper I—Islam and the Question of Caste in Kerala: Some Reflections
R. Santosh, Asst. Professor, IIT Madras, Chennai

Paper II—Intersections of Caste and Religion among Kerala Muslims: Rethinking Beemapalli Police Firing
K. Ashraf, MA Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Johannesburg

Paper III—Secularism, Islam and Caste in Kerala: A Historical Overview
James Michael, PhD Candidate, EFLU, Hyderabad

Chair: Shahrukh Alam, The Patna Collective, New Delhi
Discussant: Dr. Cybil Vinodan, JNU, New Delhi

3:15 pm: Refreshments Break

3:30 pm: Session IV

Intervention I: South Asian Islam and the Caste Question
Ajmal Kamal, Writer & Publisher, Karachi, Pakistan

Presided by Prof. Sitharamam Kakarala, CSCS, Bangalore


9:00 am: Session V

Academic Panel II

Paper IV—Minority within a minority: Reflections following Muslim Writing in Telugu 
Dr. Uma Maheshwari Bhrugubanda, Dept. of Cultural Studies, EFLU, Hyderabad

Paper V—Muslim Reservations and the Caste Question in Andhra Pradesh: Some Notes
A. Suneetha, Anveshi Research Center for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad

Paper VI—From julaha to Ansari: Indigenous Hierarchies in Colonial United Provinces 
Dr. Santosh Kumar Rai, Dept. of History, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi

Chair: Mohd. Sayeed, The Patna Collective, New Delhi
Discussant: Dr. Arshad Alam, JNU, New Delhi

Intervention II: The Muslim Reservation Debate: Some Reflections
P. S. Krishnan, Former Secretary, Ministry of Welfare, GOI

Chair: Shahrukh Alam, The Patna Collective 

11:15 am: Tea Break
11:30 am: Session VI

Conversation Four—Islamic Theology and the Caste Question 
Maulana Abdul Hameed Noumani, Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind, New Delhi, Masood Alam Falahi, MANUU, Hyderabad & Khursheed Alam, Freelance Journalist, New Delhi

Interlocutor: Arshad Amanullah, Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, JMI, New Delhi 

1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1: 45 pm: Session VII

Conversation Five—Caste and Muslim Marathi Literature 
Prof. Fakruddin Bennur, Solapur

Interlocutor: Gouri Patwardhan, Independent Filmmaker, Pune

Intervention III—Critical Reflections on the Pasmanda Discourse
Dr. Neshat Quaiser, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 

Chair: Prof. Sitaramam Kakarala, CSCS, Bangalore

3:15 pm: Refreshments Break

3:30 pm: Concluding Session

Bonds of the Artisanal Islam: Meditations from Punjab 
Ajay Bhardwaj, Independent Filmmaker, New Delhi

An ethnographic presentation, with excerpts of documentary ‘Kitte Mil Ve Mahi’ and the footage of radical dalit poet Lal Singh Dil who had converted to Islam. The key focus would be the attractions of cultural/material universe of the Muslim artisan castes in the pre-partition Punjab. 

Concluding Address 
Prof. Sitharamam Kakarala, CSCS, Bangalore

5:00 pm: Conference Concluded


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