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Drawing on four decades of survey based datasets - National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) and administrative datasets such as the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), and requisite fieldwork, the presentation maps the barriers to higher education for Muslims vis-à-vis other socio-religious groups, and evaluates their prospects in the job market in India.

The presentation shows that there are regional variations to such barriers. Questions include; Where and when do Muslims fare better in the above indicators?

How and why does the South of India, for instance, emerge at the top of the table?

The case of Indian Muslims enables one to engage with the multiple nodes of intersectional identities that the Indian Muslims are warped in. 

This event is in-person. 


Dr Kalaiyarasan Arumugam

Kalaiyarasan is a Global Visiting Fellow at the King’s India Institute, and an Assistant Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India. He is a Research Affiliate at the The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University and formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University. He was previously with National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development, a research wing of NITI Aayog (Planning Commission), Government of India.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His academic interest lies in social inequality and political economy of caste/racial inequality. His first book, The Dravidian Model: Interpreting Political Economy of Tamil Nadu, which he co-authored, was recently published by the Cambridge University Press in March 2021.


Professor Christophe Jaffrelot

Christophe Jaffrelot is Avantha Chair and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute and also the Research Lead for the Global Institutes, King’s College London. He teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po, Paris and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008.

He takes part in the editorial board of several journals and is the senior editor of a Hurst book series that he has founded in 1999, Comparative Politics and International Studies. He is also a Non Resident Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C. and is a regular commentator on Indian and Pakistani politics in France, UK, north America and in India where he writes a fortnightly column in The Indian Express.

Event details

Lecture Theatre 3 BH(NE) 0.01
Bush House North East Wing
Bush House North East Wing, 30 Aldwych, WC2B 4BG