The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), and the Eastern Regional Centre of the Indian Council of Social Science Research organised a seminar on "Muslim Situation in India: Contemporary Questions", at the CSSSC, during 24-26 February 2010.
This was indeed an important event in the life of this city. And the quality and seriousness of the seminar proceedings was indeed noteworthy. The list of speakers is given below.
Inaugural address: Dr. S.S.Z. Adnan, Chairperson, West Bengal Minorities Commission
Keynote Address : "Disparities among Socio-religious Groups in India: A Perspective for Intervention", Amitabh Kundu, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
"The Muslim as Victim, the Muslim as Agent: Religion as a Social Category", M. G. Valenta, University of Amsterdam.
"Reforming the Indian Madrasas", Yoginder Sikand, National Law School, Bangalore.
"Health Status of Muslims in India: Some evidences from NSSO and NFHS", Sachidanand Sinha, JNU, New Delhi.
"Towards Analyzing the Muslim Situation in India – Perspectives from Community, Society and State", Rahim Mondal, North Bengal University.
Special Lecture: "Muslims in Contemporary India", Asghar Ali Engineer, Mumbai.
"Socio-religious Group Disparities in Levels of Living in India: Is Positive Discrimination an Effective Policy Option ?", Amaresh Dubey, JNU, New Delhi.
"Religious Minorities and Public Goods in Rural West Bengal: Results from a Large Scale Survey", Pranab Kumar Das, Saibal Kar and Madhumanti Kayal, CSSSC, Calcutta.
"Poverty, Employment and Education: Towards Explaining Backwardness of Muslims in Rural West Bengal", Zakir Husain, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.
"Migrants into Peasants: Agrarian Economy and Contemporary History of Assam", Arup Saikia, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
"Work, trade and identity among the Qureshis of Delhi and Ansaris of Banaras", Zarin Ahmed, Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi.
'Politics of Violence and Production of Ethnic Spaces in Mumbai", Abdul Shaban, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
"Muslim in the Metropolis: A View from the Grassroots", V. Ramaswamy and Amina Khatoon, Howrah Pilot Project, Howrah.
"On the Difficulty of Being a Muslim", Raziuddin Aquil, Delhi University
"Explaining Population Growth differentials between Hindus and Muslims in West Bengal: Thinking of a research agenda", Sohel Firdos, CSSSC, Calcutta.
Panel Discussion: Muslims as Minorities - Practices and Policies
Speakers: Mohd. Salim, Chairman, West Bengal Minority Development & Finance Corporation, Anjan Ghosh, Fellow, CSSSC, Sugata Marjit, RBI Professor and Director, CSSSC.