ISBN 9788132104551,The Politics of Poverty : Planning India's Development

The Politics of Poverty : Planning India's Development



SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9788132104551

ISBN-10 8132104552

Hard Back

Number of Pages 336 Pages
Language (English)


Going beyond the mere mapping of the minority situation in South Asia, the essays in this volume explore the modern minority probl?matique in a democracy as integral to modern state-making processes, recognizing Nation and State as majoritarian concepts. Focusing on the South Asian context, they emphasize minority as a political category. Further, they move away from isolated national frames and explore the minority question as a foreign policy question. These second generation studies by authors who have defined the scholarly discourse on minority rights in the region invite comparative analyses and point towards the necessity of addressing the minority question regionally. The book reveals the limits of the strategy of political liberalism in delivering equality and justice to minority groups. But it also points to a positive shift in the politics of some of the minority communities?a moving away from the politics of difference towards a politics centred on egalitarian claims, and common issues of democratic governance. Some essays examine specific trends of minorities? rights in countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, while others take a more general account of the intellectual trends of minority constitution, the development of the minority discourse and the accommodation of social, political, economic and legal aspects of this section of the population. The book encompasses issues such as stereotyping of minorities, state-induced politics of polarization, development of an economy of collusion and co-operation, and institutions that enable greater inclusion. Table of Contents Introduction RITA MANCHANDA Violence, Cultural Diversities and the Fantasies of a Monolithic Nation-State ASHIS NANDY A Long- term View of Contemporary Muslim Situation in India JAVEED ALAM Media, Modernity and Minorities SUKUMAR MURALIDHARAN Hindus in a Polarized Political Environment: Bangladesh?s Minority AFSAN CHOWDHURY Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh: Justice Denied AMENA MOHSIN Discrimination in Pakistan against Religious Minorities: Constitutional Aspects SHAHLA ZIA Religious Minorities in Pakistan: Mapping Sind and Baluchistan ISHTIAQ HUSSAIN Strangers in the House: Minorities in Pakistani Textbooks RUBINA SAIGOL Sri Lanka: Recent Shifts in the Minority Rights Debate JAYADEVA UYANGODA Muslims in Sri Lanka: Political Choices of a Minority FARZANA HANIFFA Inclusion and Accountability in a ?New? Democratic Nepal MAHENDRA LAWOTI Index