The Political Language of Minority Islam in the Indian State of Kerala: The Works of C.H. Mohammed Koya

Karinkurayil, Mohamed Shafeeq (2021) The Political Language of Minority Islam in the Indian State of Kerala: The Works of C.H. Mohammed Koya. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 41 (4). pp. 658-668.

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Abstract

Subaltern politics in India is usually studied outside the electoral process. This paper looks at a Muslim organization of enviable electoral success in the south Indian state of Kerala, the Indian Union Muslim League. By focusing on the works by the most iconic of its leaders, C.H. Mohammed Koya, this paper looks at the reconceptua- lization of minority politics in the context of Kerala. The paper illustrates that C. H. Mohammed Koya forges a new ethic of minority politics that reorients the minority subject with relation to the postcolonial state. The works under discussion posit the postcolonial minority subject in terms of the intelligibility of an assumed past and fashion itself in terms of giving and sacrifice, thereby assuming the role of the agent in the governmental state. An ideological position which masks the real condition of Muslim existence in the late ‘70s when it was written, its efficacy is in establishing a praxis for dignity and thereby imagining the Indian state not as an alien entity but as a mechanism which can be mastered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kerala; Indian Union Muslim League; electoral politics; mimicry; minority politics
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: MCPH User
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 04:57
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 04:57
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/159274

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