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Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India

 
Ziya Us Salam (Author)
Synopsis

We live in an age when most Muslims take pride in singing Saare Jahan Se Achcha, penned by Muhammad Iqbal. Many though have forgotten that the same poet-philosopher called Ram as Imam-e-Hind. The Hindutva forces, meanwhile, have forgotten the unifying Saare Jahan Se Achcha in their pursuit of divisive nationalism. Their exclusionary politics stems from a mindset of self-limiting segregation: a world of ‘we’ and ‘they’, a world where a Muslim man is lynched for refusing to say ‘Vande Mataram’.

Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps attempts to trace the growth of the Hindutva ideology from the time of V.D. Savarkar and M.S. Golwalkar to the contemporary age, and how it precedes any talk of Muslim appeasement. Faced with these existential challenges, the Muslim community is involved in simultaneous churning within where the words of Islamic scholar and teacher Farhat Hashmi are bringing about a silent change at the grassroots level. Amidst all the challenges, the idea of India, often challenged, continues to show the way to a nation looking for direction.

Contents: Foreword by Dr Nirmala Lakshman. Preface. I. Hindutva: 1. The Idea of a Hindu Nation. 2. Hindutva and Hindu Nationalism. 3. Hindutva Precedes Appeasement. 4. URA: Hindutva and Hind Swaraj. 5. Hindutva and Women. 6. Hindutva and Dalits. 7. Rediscovering National Icons. 8. Integrating Sardar Patel. 9. Appropriating Bhagat Singh. 10. Co-opting Dr Ambedkar. 11. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay: Not Quite an Icon. 12. Madan Mohan Malaviya: Early Hindu Nationalist. 13. Understanding RSS and Fringe Elements. 14. RSS and Nationalism. 15. RSS and the Tricolour. 16. The Myth of the Holy Cow. 17. Cow Protection Movement. 18. Gaurakshini Samitis Turn Senas. 19. Raksha Dals, Then and Now. 20. Majoritarianism and Nationalism. 21. Nation from the Historical Lens. 22. M S Golwalkar and Irfan Habib. 23. Conflict and Conciliation: Bipan Chandra’s World. 24. Babur Nama. 25. Gopal Gandhi’s Dara Shukoh. 26. Akbar as the New Age Aurangzeb. 27. Revisiting Aurangzeb. II. Muslim Identity: 28. Being Muslim. 29. I Am the ‘Other’. 30. The Other as the New Normal. 31. The First Muslim. 32. Extraordinary Tales of Muslim Women. 33. Not Easy Being a Muslim. 34. Muslims in Indian Cities. 35. Muslims of Delhi and Jammu. 36. Jamaat and Religion. 37. Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind. 38. A Muslim Leader Against Partition. 39. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. 40. Tablighi Jamaat. 41. Sufism: Is It Islam?. 42. Aslam Parvaiz: One-man Movement. 43. Jihad and Ijtihad. 44. Fatwa on Terrorism. 45. Islam and Practices. 46. Triple Talaq and Khula. 47. Women’s Right to Divorce. 48. A Woman Leads Friday Prayers. 49. Muslim Women and Masjid. 50. Night of the New Moon. 51. Madrasas and Farhat Hashmi. 52. Conversion and Reconversion. 53. Not Being the Other. 54. Noor Zaheer’s Heresy on Hearsay. 55. Of Peace and War.56. A Mockery of Satire. III. The Idea of India: 57. Everybody an Immigrant. 58. Innocent Acquitted, but How?. 59. Once Framed for Terrorism, Now a Symbol of Nationalism. 60. A Humanist Despite Being Called a Terrorist. 61. Hashimpura: Chak De! India. 62. Sir Mohammed Iqbal. 63. Rearming Hinduism. 64. Reality of Conversions. 65. Uniform Civil Code. 66. Age-old Glue: Commonalities in Faith. 67. India for Indians. References.

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Bibliographic information

Title Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India
Author Ziya Us Salam
Format Softcover
Date published: 24.04.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789352807345
length 328p.