Rethinking the Life and Living of Muslim Minority

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 11:30
Oral Presentation
The recent decades have seen how Indian Muslims have been pushed at the extreme margin of society and consequently today we refer them as minority at the margin in India. The sphere of marginalization is not merely symbolic rather the socio-economic indicators clarify the necessity to examine the life of Muslims’ today. With a few exceptions, Muslims can also perform if the living and environment to the localities lived by them are improved. The paper does not merley examine the multiplicity of discrimination experienced and suffered in everyday life of Muslim community. The gravity of problem is examined in the background of locating the basic available amenities and infrastructure in Muslim concentrated areas in the state in general and Hyderabad and Sangareddy Towns in particular as a case study. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana has highest Muslim population (around 40%) amongst all the cities of India with exceptions to Srinagar. Second Sangareddy, as a head quarter of a district (Medak) is also taken up as one town having highest Muslim Percentage (35%) in the state, for a comparative analysis. Hyderabad, particularly old city offers a classic case of ‘urban deprivation’ and more specifically of ‘multiple deprivations’, a notion which refers not only to a lack of infrastructure and facilities but also to poor education and training, low income, poor diet and hygienic conditions leading to low efficiency and ability to enhance incomes. The present paper analyses the living environmental conditions and infrastructure facilities in Hyderabad and compare the situation between the old city and new city areas from social exclusion perspective.