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Imtiaz Ahmad (1940–2023)

Imtiaz Ahmad (1940–2023) was a distinguished political sociologist who was renowned for his insightful research, scholarship, and teaching. Ahmad’s contribution to the Muslim caste question in India was instrumental in bringing academic and political recognition to the Pasmanda community as a marginalised Muslim group. He upheld the values of social justice, secularism, pluralism, and inter-communal harmony even in the face of rising violence and divisions in the country.

Ambedkar and the Linguistic States

Ambedkar consistently argued that the proposed linguistic states would become socially more homogeneous and politically democratic in due course of time. His proposals about the formation of linguistic states emanated from his democratic impulse to accord political and cultural recognition to the term region, otherwise defined predominantly in a geographical spatial sense. He gave importance to the size of the population of a state and had suggested the creation of present-day Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in his writings. He wanted Bombay to be a separate city state, while Maharashtra would remain representative of Gujaratis and Marathis. The idea of one state, one language that he defended over one language, one state was predominantly guided by his quest for development, justice, equality and freedom for the untouchables and dalits who could perhaps learn the language of the new state and participate in its political and administrative affairs.

Bernard S Cohn

Bernard Cohn was most interested in the historical and anthropological making of the British colonial state in India, especially the modes in which 'colonial' culture and practices were enforced through multiple regulatory mechanisms. His work retains immense relevance even today. In his writings, he ably demonstrated that the colonial state and its historical anthropology was inseparable from the ideology of power and the political character of the state.

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