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Imtiaz Ahmad (1940–2023)

An Extraordinary Scholar and Teacher

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.

Imtiaz Ahmad (1940–2023) passed away on 19 June 2023 in New Delhi. As a prominent political sociologist, who taught for three decades at the Centre for Political Studies (CPS) of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), he was exemplary in many ways as a sensitive researcher, scholar, and a dedicated teacher. Along with eminent sociologists of the day such as M N Srinivas, T N Madan, Yogendra Singh, T K Oommen, G S Ghurye and I P Desai, among others, his contributions in defining the field of sociology of India are remarkable and outstanding. He tried to strike a balance between social anthropology and political sociology to push the frontiers of both anthropology and sociology from their predominantly colonial and Western origins. He could navigate easily between the two broad disciplines of political science and sociology, and can be described as an interdisciplinary political sociologist.

Ahmad’s Time at JNU

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