Sunday, Jan 29, 2023

The Minority Space

An iDeas Series | Two columns carried recently in The Indian Express opinion page — Harsh Mander’s ‘Sonia, sadly’ (March 17) and Ramachandra Guha’s response ‘Liberals, sadly’ (March 20) — have set off a larger discussion on democracy, majoritarianism and how these shape the space for minorities. While Mander wrote about the growing invisibility and marginalisation of Muslims in the public-political sphere in the current moment, for Guha the problem is the surrendered possibilities of Muslim political leadership and social reform. The debate continues. Read the series in chronological order beginning with Mander's and Guha's piece, at the end.


Our threatened humanity

April 10, 2018 12:36 am

Harsh Mander: India has never been as divided since Partition, and new partitions are being constructed each day in our hearts.

Burdens of the past

April 10, 2018 2:00 pm

Ramachandra Guha: My comparison was ill-chosen, and the chastisement I received for it is merited. I also agree that the headscarf and the skull-cap are akin to the turban and the vibhooti, markers of religious identity that should not offend anyone when displayed in public.

Lived Secularism

April 10, 2018 1:59 pm

Muslims are tired of not only being discriminated against, attacked violently, not receiving justice; they are also tired of all their citizenship issues eclipsed by a single agenda of security from communal violence.

Strategy for exceptional times

April 09, 2018 5:40 pm

Asking Muslims to shun religious symbols in public is only to combat a vicious foe.

False narrative

April 09, 2018 5:40 pm

Psuedo-secular intelligentsia has fractured the concept of Indian citizenship, kept Muslims in an impermeable silo of insecurity.

Agony of the marginalised

April 05, 2018 1:19 pm

The marginalisation of Muslims began soon after Partition and has since been institutionalised by political parties and governments. Doing away the burka and skull-cap will not end it.

Innoculating identities

April 05, 2018 1:26 pm

This historical putsch concomitantly finds inclusion in school textbooks wherein different inhabitants of a common geographical/demographical space are inscribed in specific and essentialised forms of representation

Liberals in majoritarian times

April 04, 2018 9:24 am

Liberal democrats owe it to themselves to choose their words and fora responsibly.

A false dilemma

March 31, 2018 12:20 am

For Ramachandra Guha empathy for Muslims is a liberal predicament. He makes a deeply unfair argument

It’s not just religion, it’s also caste

March 29, 2018 12:05 am

In addressing the ‘Muslim question’, left-liberals have been extremely hesitant in acknowledging the Ashraf-Pasmanda divide.