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Minorities and the State

Minorities and the State
Changing Social and Political Landscape of Bengal

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May 2011 | 236 pages | SAGE India

Minorities and the State discusses the plight of two numerically significant religious minority groups: Hindus in Bangladesh and Muslims in West Bengal, India.

The political vicissitudes in India and Bangladesh have stirred up questions relating to citizenship, nationality, and identity. In this volume, academics from India, Bangladesh, and Japan examine the formation of minority identity at the time of partition of India in 1947 and in subsequent decades. The articles emphasize the crises and coping strategies, migration, and state- and local-level politics affecting minorities.

By utilizing data from varied sources like field work, archival research, and secondary sources, this volume explores deprivation and different dimensions of minority life from political, economic, civil society, gender, and literary perspectives.


Abhijit Dasgupta, Masahiko Togawa, and Abul Barkat
The Minorities in Post-Partition West Bengal
The Riots of 1950

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
On the Margins: Muslims in West Bengal

Abhijit Dasgupta
'Wrestling with My Shadow': The State and the Immigrant Muslims in Contemporary West Bengal

Samir Kumar Das
Partition Refugees on Borders: Assimilation in West Bengal

Tetsuya Nakatani
Political Economy of Deprivation of Hindu Minority in Bangladesh
Living with the Vested Property Act

Abul Barkat
Role of Civil Society in Combating Violence against Religious Minorities during the Post-2001 General Elections of Bangladesh

Rangalal Sen
Hindu Minority in Bangladesh: Migration, Marginalization, and Minority Politics in Bengal

Masahiko Togawa
Status of Hindu Women: Spheres of Human Rights Violation in Bangladesh

Sadeka Halim
The Crises of Hindu Minority as Depicted in the Fictions of Contemporary Bangladesh

Abu Dayen


It stands out in this collection for the rigor of its research and the passionate clarity of its argument…these essays brings a new angle of vision to the debate about minority rights...the editors are to be congratulated for bringing together scholars who work on both Bengals in one of the first ‘transnational’ studies of South Asian minorities.

Contribution to Indian Sociology,
Volume 50 (Issue 2), June 2016

Abhijit Dasgupta

Abhijit Dasgupta is Professor of Sociology at the, University of Delhi. His research interests include agrarian structure, sociology of development and the sociology of minorities and marginalised communities. He has co-edited the following books: Bengal: Communities, Development and States (1994); State, Society and Displaced People in South Asia (2004); and Minorities and the State: The Changing Landscape of Bengal (2011). He has authored Growth with Equity: The New Technology and Agrarian Change in Bengal (1998). More About Author

Masahiko Togawa

Masahiko Togawa is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Hiroshima University, Japan. He has written several books and papers on religion and society in West Bengal and Bangladesh. He is the author of An Abode of the Goddess: Kingship, Caste, and Sacrificial Organization in a Bengal Village; Syukyou ni Kousuru Seija (The Saint who resists ‘Religion’, in Japanese); Syncretism Revisited: Hindus and Muslims over a Saintly Cult in Bengal (Numen); Women within the Hierarchy (Journal of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies), and co-editor of Gram Bangla: Itihas, Samaji o Artniti (in Bengali). He is a member of the executive... More About Author

Abul Barkat

Abul Barkat is Professor and the Chair, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a reputed researcher in the field of contemporary economic growth in Bangladesh, political economy of human development, and minorities and the state. He is the author of a number of books, which include Development as Conscientization; Political Economy of Khas Land in Bangladesh; An Inquiry into Causes and Consequences of Deprivation of Hindu Minorities in Bangladesh through the Vested Property Act: Framework for a Realistic Solution; Political Economy of Land Litigation in Bangladesh; and Political Economy of Vested Property Act in... More About Author

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