Bangalore International Centre had organised the Bangalore Book Launch and Discussion of the book “Being the Other – The Muslim in India” authored by Mr. Saeed Naqvi on Tuesday, 2nd August, 2016 at 6.30 PM at its auditorium. Mr. Saeed Naqvi was in conversation with Ms. Nupur Basu. The event was chaired and moderated by Prof. Ashutosh Varshney.
Through an absorbing dialogue between them, the subtle nuances of this remarkable book, which is partly a memoir and partly an exploration of the various deliberate and inadvertent acts that have contributed to the othering of the 180 million Muslims in India, came out vividly. Saeed talked about how the divisions between Muslims and Hindus began in the modern era due to the invasion of British who were the first to exploit these divisions between the communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He also narrated that in the run-up to Independence, and its immediate aftermath, some of India’s greatest Political leaders and also the successive Political Parties have also only served to drive the communities further apart.
The audience participated in the Q & A session with much enthusiasm.