Muslim kids in the slums do not go to the school,
neither their parents are capable of sending them.
A hand-to-mouth economy is engineered;
Muslims in Bengal and Gujarat are in perils.
Not just there that Muslims suffer in India,
but do not think that it is a handiwork of Hindutva alone.
Ruling for almost forty years, the communists in Bengal
have orchestrated Muslims into ghettos and slums.
The politicians and imams have long played patrons,
of the votes these poor Muslims can serve them.
And also of authority’s hands have they laid
to keep these Muslims in their hapless sitch.
Before we think of Hindutva, Left and Congress,
we need to weed out these parasites among us.
Like leeches they suck our blood, and ooze our mettle
Like caged birds we are, they feed us crumbs.
Don’t we need a future, where we colour our scape,
masters we become of our destinies, of our tomorrows?
Then think of your hapless brethren, not as victims,
but as seeds we sow to make million flowers bloom.
This note shares preliminary reflections on the way status claims are being made by Muslims
in Malabar, South India, by conducting family gatherings. These claims complicate
the existing notions of status based on the identity of each social group. To show these
complications, I share stories of two family gatherings.
Published in Anthropological Notebooks 2017, 23 (2): 103–105.