Publisher:Three Essays Collective-Delhi
About the Book
The 130 million Muslims in India form the second largest Muslim population in the world. Scholarship on them has however focused on a limited range of issues. There is little by way of macro studies on the economic condition of Muslims in various parts of India. Omar Khalidi’s book fills this gap. The various chapters focus on the pre-Independence legacy, the impact on Muslims of Partition and Politics on ownership of assets, employment, access to education, public services or their role in labour, commerce and industry. It is a report on the current status of the Muslim minority in India, particularly the Urdu-speaking Muslims. Densely documented, with hard to find statistical data, written with an economy of words, no one remotely interested in Indian economy, society or politics can afford to ignore this immensely readable book.
About the Author
Omar Khalidi is an independent scholar and a staff member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He is author of the widely-acclaimed book Khaki and Ethnic Violence in India (2003). His other publications include Indian Muslims Since Independence (1996), and the edited volume Hyderabad: After the Fall (1988).