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Minority Segments in Indian Polity-A Comment

rian regions and its increasing trade ties was, nevertheless, engaged in a long standing territorial dispute involving Soviet occupation of a number of islands of the Kuriles which are noted for their rich fishing grounds. By 1977 China and Japan were ready to sign a pact including a 'hegemony' clause which by now has become a bone of contention between Japan and the USSR because the latter believes that such an explicitly anti-Soviet stance could be a prelude to a future combination between China, Japan and the US against the Soviet Union. Japanese politicians enthusiastic about signing the Sino-Japanese pact have RASHEEDUDDIN KHAN's Special Article on the Muslim Situation and the Plight of Urdu in India (EPW, 2 September 1978) brings together a number of important facts and, at the same time, raises some questions. Unfortunately, Rasheeduddin Khan does not atttempt to formulate any of these questions, much less suggest the answers to them. Also, without the author's intending to make it such, the article has become tendentious in certain respects. In view of the important position that Rasheeduddin Khan occupies among the Muslim elite of India, it is necessary to bring out some of these points. The intention is not to 'justify' the backwardness and tragic plight of an overwhelming majority of the Muslim population of India. Nor is it to suggest that Muslims alone are responsible for it, though in the course of my observations it will be necessary to point to certain features of Muslim society in India.
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