ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Conservative Framing of the Hijab Issue and the Muslim Women’s Movement

Conservative and reactionary forces among Hindus and Muslims appear to be the major beneficiaries of the controversy over wearing hijab to schools. Such issues being the traps or detours laid by these forces, marginalised communities must choose their battlegrounds wisely. Instead of diverting the energy to the sectarian agenda of enforcing a dress code and perpetuating marginalisation, Muslim women’s movement should uphold the “Shaheen Bagh Spirit” of upholding constitutional values and unitedly fighting for rights and equality.

Indian Muslim Women, Politics of Muslim Personal

The issue of justice and progressive laws for Muslim women is largely dependent upon the state of Hindu- Muslim relations and upon the status of the overall development of the community. A uniform civil code implies retaining the customary diversity of all communities by providing a uniform base of constitutional values. With this in mind this article discusses the politics around the Muslim Personal Law in India, and explores what needs to be the real agenda for social scientists and activists. Progressive movements must align their actions to provide reforms in laws that will be closer to the spirit of constitutional values. Unless women and progressive organisations succeed in creating a mass movement for change, reforms in personal laws will remain a distant dream.
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