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COVID19, a big disaster in the making

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  Khalid Anis Ansari (Round Table India is doing a series to put together the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic) Anu Ramdas: What are your deepest concerns about the ability of Pasmandas to cope with this pandemic in India? Khalid Anis Ansari: First of all, when we use the category ‘Pasmanda’, it is not a …

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Is it time to re-strategize the Anti-CAA Protests?

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  Khalid Anis Ansari Effective protests have to be purposive, expansive and with a clear sense of the core and subsidiary issues. Moreover, in a first-past-the-post electoral system, it is necessary that the protests aspire to convert a winnable majority to their cause. In a context where the Hindutva-Brahmanical discourse/organizations/parties are hegemonic and aspiring to …

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General Elections 2019: A Short Comment on Muslim Representation

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  Khalid Anis Ansari In most academic and journalistic representations of the Muslim-minority space there is a persistent emphasis on the underrepresentation of Muslim legislators in various legislative bodies. The population proportion of Muslims has increased from the immediate post-partition phase of 10.4% to 14.2% in the 2011 Census. However, in the Lok Sabha Muslim representation …

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Hindu nationalism and Muslim nationalism co-produce each other: Khalid Anis Ansari

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  Round Table India In this episode of the Ambedkar Age series, Round Table India talks to Prof. Khalid Anis Ansari, Director, Dr. Ambedkar Centre for Exclusion Studies & Transformative Action (ACESTA), Glocal University, Uttar Pradesh. The interview focuses on the Pasmanda movement, on the issues of secularism/communalism and on the upper caste hegemony in …

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Towards a Post-minority Condition

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    Towards a post-minority Condition1 – this is the concluding part of the three-part series ‘Dialogue with BAPSA’. Read Part 1 here and Part 11 here. Khalid Anis Ansari Historically, while the category ‘majority’ has been by default occupied by the most dominant cultural collectivity within the national territory, the notion of ‘minority’ has carried …

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Caste and the Aporias of Muslim Theo-Politics

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  This is the second part of the three-part series ‘Dialogue with BAPSA’. Please read the first part here.  Khalid Anis Ansari In the context of the dialogue with BAPSA on its problematic association with the Muslim Right, as exemplified by Jamaat’s student wing SIO, I feel the argument on Muslim theo-politics and caste advanced …

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A Bahujan ‘Third Space’ Beyond Left and Right: Really?

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  Khalid Anis Ansari Dialogue with BAPSA, JNU: Part One At the outset let me extend my congratulations to BAPSA for the splendid performance in JNUSU elections. In the last few weeks I had tried to follow BAPSA’s JNUSU campaign from social media and other sources closely and had extended my unequivocal moral support. The …

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Fresh Bout of Caste Violence within Muslims in Allahpur

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  (This is the English version of the press-note circulated by the All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz (AIPMM). Translated by Khalid Anis Ansari) In a village in Bihar’s East Champaran district the lives of the poor Muslims belonging to backward castes has been under continuous threat from the dominant caste Muslims for the last seven …