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Co-opting the Minorities

Zoya Hasan

in Congress after Indira

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195685978
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195685978.003.0008
Co-opting the Minorities

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This chapter looks at the how the Congress-led coalition government dealt with the minorities, particularly Muslims. It discusses the pogrom in Gujarat in early 2002 and the history of minority discourse in India and highlights the development deficit compounded by the inadequate participation of minorities in the governance structures. This chapter also mentions Manmohan Singh's decision to set up Sachar Committee. Manmohan Singh demonstrated boldness in setting up this Committee which was an important intervention in the policy discourse and the established paradigm. The Muslims felt that the government was listening to them. Despite the Congress’ concern for concern for minority development, it lacked the political will to translate this recognition into substantive intervention.

Keywords: Congress; minorities; Muslims; pogrom; Gujarat; minority discourse; Manmohan Singh; Sachar Committee; development deficit

Chapter.  10598 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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