Everyday Life and/of Politics: Hyderabadi Muslims and the MIM

The All-India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (All India Association for the Unity of Muslims) of Hyderabad is one of three most visible Muslim political parties in India today. In spite of its controversial historical association with a militant anti-Accession position in princely Hyderabad during the 1940s, today the Majlis has crafted itself into a successful and legitimate political party. In this paper, I show how the everyday lives of Hyderabadi Muslims tangle with electoral politics, and the ways in which the seemingly routine activity of listening to and occasionally redressing grievances constitutes and performs the legitimacy of the Majlis as their most efficacious representative. This is a TAPSA event led by Shefali Jha, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103