Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian Muslims

Hardcover | June 30, 2014

byMuhammad Mujeeb Afzal

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is perceived as a communal party that aims to eliminate the secular character of the Indian state in which Indian-Muslims coexist. The Hindus and Indian-Muslims are often projected as absolute identities. The present study argues that a number of identities -communitarian, caste, and regional - exist in India and compete to preserve their respective traditions. The BJP as the proponent of Hindutva and the Muslims as the advocates of Islam-Urdu are struggling to protect their respective values system and traditions. Both identities have deep historical roots that were formed during the British Raj. The author has studied the BJP-Muslim interaction in threedistinct phases: the Raj era; the post-Independence Congress-dominated era; and the post-Congress-dominated BJP era.The book will be useful for academicians, politicians, and students of International Relations and Indian politics. It will be an indispensible read for those who design courses on Indian politics and South Asia.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is perceived as a communal party that aims to eliminate the secular character of the Indian state in which Indian-Muslims coexist. The Hindus and Indian-Muslims are often projected as absolute identities. The present study argues that a number of identities -communitarian, caste, and regional - exist in...

Muhammad Mujeeb Afzal is Assistant Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has served as a research scholar for the Central Asian Institute, Islamabad, and as a senior research fellow for the Area Study Centre, Quaid-i-Azam University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:451 pagesPublished:June 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Construction of Identities in India2. Bharatiya Janata Party: The Movement and Party3. The Indian Muslims: Their Identity Construct and Politics4. The BJP view of the Indian Muslims5. Mobilization Strategies of the BJP6. The Indian-Muslims: Strategies, Mobilization and Response to the BJP7. BJP in PowerConclusionBibliography