Two of the most profound books released recently regarding Muslims status quo here in India are,
1. "Siyasi Muslims" by Hilal Ahmed 2. "Visible Muslim and Invisible Citizen" by Salman Khurshid
Non of these authors have been successful in identifying core issues faced by Indian Muslims beyond education and hindutva politics. Let alone solution to transforming lives of Muslims.
The fundamental problem faced by both Muslim and Dalit community here in India is "lack of political centralization" .
Minimum degree of political centralization is important to achieve growth as well as for community's transformation. Muslims have politicians and religious leaders yet without any centralized leadership.
The institutional policies which I've designed as part of my F70 Think-tank project is part solution to this problem.
I learned about ideas on political centralization as part of institutional theories from the book "Why Nations Fail", so my policies are application of this theory. Please refer to chapter 15 from the aforementioned book.
A (rough) solution to achieve political centralization.
1. Form a council of "mandated" Muslim political leaders (secondary layer of government)
2. This council is responsible for in turn selecting a Muslim minister into union government (primary layer of government) who deals with every single Muslim issues especially decision making aspects.
3. Above mentioned political institution cannot come into existent unless Muslim's entire economy is handed over in the hands of council. And there needs to be synergy between political and economic institution for political centralization in order to be effective.
4. Institutional transformation of this nature shifts economic & political incentives while building credibility needed achieve political success for any political organization promoting these policies as part of their ideology.
5. The core purpose of institutional policies is to change or shift the "incentives" and to adress the problem of "credibility". Without the right incentives in place Muslims will not change their mindset or behaviour and without credibility it's impossible to persuade people to undergo transformation.
This book is very important to understand the reality of political instability and how to understand the core problems faced by minorities in India due to lack of their involvements in main stream politics.
This book talks about how hindutva politics or so called nationalism trying to ostracise Indian Muslims beyond the lack of education and political involvements. History to present every fact portyared in a very clear cut way in this book. There's a huge difference between democracy and political centralism amd this book talks about that part. This book is perfect for those who don't not enough about the involvement of Muslims and dalits in the context of Indian democracy and freedom struggle. This book is perfect for those who don't know the reality of Islam and the transition of Islam in the modern world.
This book is for those Muslims who don't know their importance and involvement in Indian democracy and political contexts.
We can judge democracy of any country on the basis of that how the minor communities are treated in that country, india is, comes at a very crucial time in that context. This book talks about the One Nation, Multiple Nationalities theory which is very important to know.
Sufi Tradition, Institutional Islam, Hunting Inside Home are the main chapters in the context of present scenario of Indian political facisim.
Indian Muslim are Indians by choice, not by force.
This is a little technical book that why you can miss the tinny ground reality but still a unique book which talks about reality and cut through about the rational tradition or beliefs.