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People Without History

India’s Muslim Ghettos


 This book is about life in the inner-city areas of Kolkata’s mainly Muslim settlements. It asks a simple question—how do the vast majority of Muslims, especially the poor, live, work, love and die? In the context of the communalisation of urban poverty, People Without History pays attention to the fabric of daily life in Muslim communities—the pursuit of gainful occupation, affective and social affinities, networks of kinship and neighbourhood.

Jeremy Seabrook and Imran Ahmed Siddiqui examine another crucial question. Kolkata’s Muslims live in a city that for 33 years was governed by the Communist Party of India (Marxist). It has been the proudest boast of the Communists that they have been guided by a secular ideology, and that, as a result, Muslims in West Bengal have been spared the excesses of communalists in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa and elsewhere. How far this claim is justified may be judged from the testimonies of the people in this book.

Author: Jeremy Seabrook and Imran Ahmed Siddiqui
Year: 2011
Price: Rs. 295
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 198 mm x 129 mm
Publisher: Navayana
Sales Restriction: Sale In India Only.
ISBN 13: 9788189059446

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