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Islam Tradition and Change

Islam: Tradition and Change Moin Shakir The Origin and Development of Islam by Asghar All Engineer; Orient Longman, Bombay,. 1980; pp 248, Rs 65. The Bohras by Asghar Ali Engineer; Vikas, Delhi, 1980; pp 332,

Nationalism and Communalism

Moin Shakir Nationalism and Communal Politics in India by Mushirul Hasan Manchar, 1979; pp 372, Rs 75.
MUSHIRUL HASAN has attempted to deal with the nature of communal politics in the 1920s, The basic concern of the book is "to examine the relationship between the Indian National Congress and various Muslim groups" in the context of the national and the provincial attitudes of the Indian National Congress and against the background of the economic and educational status of the different communities in the regions. He has selected and concentrated on three province's, i e, Bengal, Punjab and UP, where the Muslims formed 54, 55.33 and 14 per cent of the population, respectively.

Rising Middle Peasantry in North India

Indian Political System Moin Shakir The support extended by large sections of the Muslims, the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes to Indira Gandhi has generally been acknowledged to have contributed significantly to her victory in the recent Lok Sabha polls. But contrary to popular impression, the votes of these sections are not always purchased by 'contractors' and delivered, at a price, to the political aspirant; the voting pattern of these minority communities is determined by their limited perception of certain concrete situations and issues

Always in the Mainstream

were 'shipwreck of ill-adventured youth with immense potential for the futur or whether it had the elements of a The two volumes (Certainly provide ex- deeper historical emanation fraught cellent value for money.

Portrait of a Nationalist

which the British had attempted to prune and curb into constitutional order but which continually broke out in a tropical exuberance of growth. Sympathetic commentators like Morris- Jones argued that, under the unfamiliar appearance of things, familiar political virtues like competition and stability could be discerned. Less sympathetic observers prophsied imminent collapse. In both cases the country was rated according to Western standards, and political development, stability and the establishment of 'legitimate' government were considered the most important needs of the country. Moreover, the presence or absence of these qualities was judged by fairly simple criteria.


Nalini Pandit Classes in Marxist theory are not mere economic categories. They are living social groups whose attitudes and responses are determined by historical and cultural factors. The materialistic interpretation of history does not imply an exclusive emphasis on the economic factor to the comparative neglect of others. The purpose of formulating a social theory is to understand the attitudes and responses of different social groups to particular programmes.

Democracy and Muslim Education

Democracy and Muslim Education Moin Shakir Education of a National Minority: A Case Study of Indian Muslims by Krishna Dev Sharma; Kalamkar Prakashan, New Delhi, 1978; pp

SCHEDULED CASTES- Beyond the System

SCHEDULED CASTES Beyond the System Moin Shakir THE Dalit Panthers have emerged as a force to reckon with in Maharashtra. The challenge they pose takes the form not so much of politicisation of the scheduled castes or dalits as of highlighting the failure of the political system to achieve the objective of social equality and economic justice proclaimed in the Constitution. The Dalit Panthers have served to re-emphasise the importance of the social infrastructure for the political and economic system.

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