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Colloquium Series: “The Post-Minority Condition: Reflections on the Pasmanda Muslim Discourse”
Seminar Hall, 10th Floor, Pixel A (Azim Premji University)

Title: The Post-Minority Condition: Reflections on the Pasmanda Muslim Discourse

Speaker: Khalid Anis Ansari, Director, Dr. Ambedkar Centre for Exclusion Studies & Transformative Action, Glocal University, Mirzapur Pole

Date: February 15, 2019 (Friday)

Time: 2.00 to 3.30 pm                        

Venue: Seminar Hall, 10th Floor, Pixel A (Azim Premji University)

Watch the live broadcast of the talk by clicking  . It can be accessed from Android and iOS devices too.


Issues of  ‘internal minorities’ or ‘minorities-within-minorities’  have increasingly complicated the domain of minority rights in the last few decades.‘Pasmanda’, a Persian term meaning “those who have fallen behind,” refers to Muslims belonging to the marginalized castes. The Pasmanda movement resists the dominance of high caste Ashraf Muslims and reveals the possibility of the Muslim-Minority space, thereby complicating the majority-minority (Hindu-Muslim) duopoly. In this talk, Khalid Anis Ansari will examine how the emerging socio-political conditions that inform the democratic striving of the Pasmanda movement may tentatively be termed as ‘post-minority’.  

Dastan – E - Khanabadosh
Seminar Hall, 10th Floor, Pixel A (Azim Premji University)

This dastangoi presentation, about nomadic pastoralists and the settled world, follows the trails and trials of a neglected people, in a forgotten style of storytelling. Like the herder following the herd, storyteller Ankit Chadha has followed the herders in Gujarat, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan. Speaking of a sustainable way of life, the dastan was originally told for Living Lightly, a curated exhibit on pastoral lifestyles.

About the Artist

Ankit Chadha, a writer, researcher and story teller specializes in weaving new narratives for Dastangoi – the art of story-telling. His writings varies from biographical accounts of personalities like Kabir and Dara Shikoh; to modern folk tales on nomadic pastoralism and the Internet. He has spoken on Dastans at Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University. Additionally, Ankit has innovated the form of musical narratives that uniquely brings together stories and music. Ankit works for young audiences as well and has performed the Urdu adaptations of children’s classics including ‘Alice and the Little Prince’. He is the author of the award-winning book for the children, ‘My Gandhi Story’ (Tulika Publishers, January 2014) and the recently released ‘Khusrau – The Man in the Riddles’ (Penguin Random House India, October 2016). Earlier this year, he was a Fellow at Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad.