India's Muslim Spring

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Rupa Publications - Political Science - 217 pages
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This book focuses on the current Muslim mood in India, particularly that of the youth who are trying to move the community into a new—more positive—direction. Despite a marked increase in religiosity and an assertion of Muslim identity, young Muslims are more secular and forward-looking than the older generation. They also have a strong sense of belonging to India, and see no contradiction between being proud Indians and proud Muslims at the same time. Keen to draw a line under the past, they are harbingers of India’s equivalent of ‘Muslim spring’.

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Hasan Suroor is a London-based journalist and has written extensively on identity politics, communalism and Muslim issues. In 1993, he won the prestigious Ford Foundation Press Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, to study the British experience of multiculturalism. He returned to Wolfson College in 1998 as a Visiting Fellow. A Delhi University graduate, Suroor started his career with The Statesman, Delhi, in the early 1970s when—as the joke goes—it was still a newspaper. Later, he moved to The Hindu and was its UK correspondent for well over a decade.

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