Rewriting Social and Political Marginalization
The chapter explores the way Muslim youth’s mediated interactions propel them to think of and construct a community well beyond the physical precincts of the segregated enclave. Calling attention to increased local and global interconnectivity, it focuses on the work of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, a community organization formed after a police encounter targeting suspected terrorists resulted in the death of two Jamia University’s students in September 2008, and on the popular news website Two Circles.net whose Boston based editor manages a team of local reporters recruited from Muslim concentrations areas across India. The communicative initiatives of these organizations have helped established connections between residents of Jamia enclave, civil society activists, non-resident Muslims, and human rights forums, and are noteworthy for interjecting in civil and political public spheres, using new media technologies, and a different style and language (as compared to the Muslim press and leadership) to challenge official versions of the truth and seek justice.
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