Hyderabad: There has been a necessity to understand and examine inter-disciplinarity to study minority studies in India.
The binary model used so far has failed to bring necessary changes and academic visa vice common sense understandings whereby minorities are mostly understood political and less academically.
These were the thoughts expressed by Prof. Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Prof. Fatima Begum, Vice Chancellor I/c, Maulana Azad National Urdu University in the opening session of panel discussion organized by the Research Committee on Minority Studies of the Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi
and Democracy Dialogue (DD), Hyderabad in association with Department of Sociology, JMI and Department of Women Education, MANUU.
The online Panel Discussion cum Seminar “Exploring Minority Studies: Inter Disciplinary Perspectives” was held on 19th July 2020. Prof. Najma Akhtar spoke on “Role & Responsibility of Minority Institutions” whereas Prof.
Fatima Begum discussed on the topic “Linguistic Institutions in India- a case of National Urdu University”.
The other two guest speakers Prof. Paramjit Singh Judge, President, Indian Sociological Society (ISS), New Delhi and Prof. Jagan Karade, Secretary, ISS spoke on “Sociology of Minorities in India” and “Minorities in India: Myth and Reality” respectively.
They said that in a democracy upheld by the rule of law and judicial review, the political metaphor based on demographic fear has remained an end in itself but where does ethnic, racial and sexual minorities are addressed methodologically or theoretically or even in the policy making processes? The Research Committee on Minority Studies of ISS gives an impetus to this direction and provides an interdisciplinary scope to study minorities’ empirically in contemporary society and problematize the questions, they informed.
The panel discussion on different topics divided in two sessions. The first session was chaired by Prof. Savyasachi, JMI whereas Prof. Amir Ullah Khan, MCRHRD, Hyderabad, chaired the second session. Prof. Tanweer Fazal, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Prof. Abdul Shaban, TISS, Mumbai, Prof. Rowena Robinson, IIT, Mumbai, Prof. Aseem Prakash, TISS, Hyderabad, Prof. Shruti Tambe, Savitribai Phule University, Pune, Prof. Mohammed Akram, AMU, Aligarh, Prof. Afroz Alam, MANUU, Hyderabad, Prof. Shahida, MANUU, Hyderabad and Prof. Arvinder A. Ansari, JMI were the panelist for the panel discussion.
The sessions moderated by Dr. K. M. Ziyauddin, Convener-Research Committee (RC-26), Minority Studies, ISS and Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed Ansari, Co-Convener, ISS. Mr. Laeeq Ahmed Aqil, Founding member Democracy Dialogue, Hyderabad and member of organizing committee proposed vote of thanks.