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The Choices and the Roads Taken

Mushirul Hasan

in Moderate or Militant

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695311
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081509 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695311.003.0008
The Choices and the Roads Taken

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This chapter uses the recommendations of the government-appointed Sachar Committee to debate aspects of minority rights. “Majority” and “minority” are not unified, exclusive, or antagonistic categories. A religious majority, that is the Hindus, is as fragmented as the minority, that is, the Muslims. The 1990s saw the rise of a new force in Indian politics — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the successor of the Jana Sangh. The BJP, riding on the crest of a popular Hindutva wave, was spurned by its own following in UP after the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The same process is at work in Gujarat.

Keywords: minority rights; Sachar Committee; Jana Sangha; BJP; Hindus; Muslims; Babri Masjid

Chapter.  5225 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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