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Khalid Anis Ansari

Khalid Anis Ansari

Senior Assistant Professor of Law. Glocal University
Ph.D. University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands







University of Humanistic Studies (UvH), Utrecht (the Netherlands)

UGC-NET (Sociology)


University Grants Commission

M A (Sociology)


Annamalai University, Chidambaram (India)

MBA (Human Resource Management)


Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India)

BA (Hons) in Economics


Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India)

BA Honors in Economics


Aligarh Muslim University


Khalid Anis Ansari is director, Dr Ambedkar Centre for Exclusion Studies & Transformative Action (ACESTA) and Senior Assistant Professor (Sociology) at Glocal Law School, Glocal University (India). He broadly works in the field of social and cultural theory with special focus on democratic transformation and subaltern counterpublics, minority and caste studies, and social histories of the marginalized. He has over 20+ years of experience in teaching, research and the social sector (NGOs/INGOs/CSOs) and has worked on collaborative research and developmental projects with the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Mensen met een Missie (the Netherlands), HIVOS (the Netherlands), Mahatma Gandhi Foundation (United Kingdom), Centre for the Study of Culture & Society (India) and so on. He has delivered talks in leading international & national institutions like the Harvard University (USA), University of Michigan (USA), University for Humanistic Studies (the Netherlands), Tougaloo College (USA), University of Free State (South Africa), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), Kampala University (Uganda), Azim Premji University (India) and so on He writes regularly in academic and popular spaces and has been associated with democratic movements in North India as an interlocutor and knowledge activist. He was awarded the HIVOS PhD Fellowship Pluralism Knowledge Programme (2013) for his doctoral work with the University of Humanistic Studies (UvH), Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Democracy and Counterpublics; Minority and Caste Studies; Human Rights, Peace and Conflict Studies


The Anatomy of Social Life, Cultures of Democracy, Sociology of India



  1. Ansari, K. A., (2020, Forthcoming). Pasmanda Icons: Sant Kabir, Asim Bihari and A. Q. Ansari, Islamic Studies Association (ISA) and the Shared Mirror Publishing House, New Delhi.


  1. Ansari, K. A., (2021, Forthcoming). Post-Minority Politics: Mapping the Pasmanda Muslim Discourse. Critical Philosophy of Racehttp://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_CPR.html; ISSN: 2165-8684

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2021, Forthcoming). Pluralism and the Post-Minority Condition: Reflections on the ‘Pasmanda Muslim’ Discourse in North India. In B. de S. Santos & B. sena Martin (Eds.), The Pluri-verse of the Human in Human Rights. London and New York: Routledge.

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2021, Forthcoming). Rearticulating Caste and Islam: Reflections on the Pasmanda Muslim Discourse. In F. Ibrahim (Ed.), Studies in Religion and Everyday Life (Provisional Title). Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  1. Ansari, K. A. (February 2020), Book Review: Zarin Ahmad. 2018. Delhi’s Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega-City. Contributions to Indian Sociology; 54.1 ISSN: 0069-9667

Link: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0069966719885692

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2019). O pluralismo e a condição pós-minoritária: reflexões em torno do discurso “muçulmano pasmanda” no Norte da Índia (Portuguese). In B. de S. Santos & B. S. Martins (Eds.), >O Pluriverso dos Direitos Humanos: a diversidade das lutas pela dignidade (pp. 187–222). Sau Paulo: Autêntica. Link: https://books.google.co.in/booksid=N6KaDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2019). El pluralismo y la condición posminoritaria: reflexiones sobre el discurso “musulmán pasmanda” en el Norte de India. In B. de S. Santos & B. S. Martins (Eds.), El pluriverso de los derechos humanos: la diversidad de las luchas por la dignidad (pp. 171–205). Retrieved from https://www.akal.com/libro/el-pluriverso-de-los-derechos-humanos_50795/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2018). Pasmanda Politics and Muslim (Minority) Discourse in India. In A. Rao (Ed.), Gender, Caste and the Imagination of Equality (pp. 310–323). New Delhi: Women Unlimited. Link http://www.womenunlimited.net/catalogue/academic_64.htm ISBN: 978-93-85606-14-4

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2018). Contesting Communalism(s): Preliminary Reflections on Pasmanda Muslim Narratives from North India. Prabuddha: Journal of Social Equality, 1(1), 78–104. Link: http://prabuddha.us/index.php/pjse/article/view/17/15 ISSN: 2576-2079

  2. Ansari, K. A. (2018). Caste Analytics, ‘Hindu-Muslim’ Conflict and Intolerance. Women Philosophers’ Journal (Sponsored by UNESCO), (4–5), 327–334. Link: https://en.unesco.org/themes/social-transformations/womenphilosophersjournal; ISSN: 2225 – 3351

  3. Ansari, K. A. (2016). The ‘Muslim’ Affirmative Action Debate: Post-Sachar Reflections. In Z. Ali & M. Jal (Eds.), What Ails Indian Muslims (pp. 147–166). New Delhi: Aakar. Link http://www.aakarbooks.com/details.phpbid=56 ISBN: 978-93-5002-399-0

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2012). Analysing the ‘OBC-Minority’ Sub-Quota. Mainstream, (10). Link: https://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article3285.html ISSN: 0542-1462

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2011). Pluralism, Civil Society and Subaltern Counterpublics: Reflecting on Contemporary Challenges in India through the Case-Study of the Pasmanda Movement (Pluralism Working Paper Series No. 9). Utrecht. Link: http://www.uvh.nl/uvh.nl/up/ZubwmxnIO_PWP_no_9_Pluralism__Civil_Society_and_Subaltern_Counterpublics_online.pdf ISSN: 1879-7172

  1. Yadav, A., & Ansari, K. A. (2011). Notes on Forbesganj Violence. Mainstream, XLIX (30), 9–12. Link http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article2897.html ISSN: 0542-1462

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2010). Debating ‘Muslim’ Reservations. Mainstream, XLVIII (16), 19–24. ISSN: 0542-1462

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2009). Rethinking the Pasmanda Movement. Economic and Political Weekly, XLIV (13), 8–10.

Link: http://www.epw.in/journal/2009/13/commentary/rethinking-pasmanda-movement.html ISSN: 0012-9976 [SCOPUS]

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2009, January). A Tale of Two Mosques. Himal Southasian, 47–49. Link: http://himalmag.com/a-tale-of-two-mosques/currentPage=all ISSN: 1012-9804

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2008). Pasmanda Movement and the Question of Secularism. Mainstream, XLVI (32), 20–23. Link: http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article847.html ISSN: 0542-1462

Newspaper/Op-Ed Articles

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2018, March 29). Left-liberal Blinkers, Understandably. The Indian Express, p. 9. Link: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/hindu-muslims-the-minority-space-caste-system-in-india-5115108/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2017, May 19). A Dangerous Arithmetic. The Indian Express. Link: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/a-dangerous-arithmetic-trs-govt-telangana-obc-muslim-reservation-bill4662815/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2013, June 17). Muslims that “minority politics” left behind. The Hindu. Link: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/muslims-that-minority-politics-left-behind/article4820565.ece

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2002, January 5). Big Lie Underlined by Saffron. The Pioneer.

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2001, December 3). Can Islam be Liberal The Pioneer.

  2. Ansari, K. A. (2019, May 26). .Prabhat Khabar. Link: https://www.prabhatkhabar.com/news/patna/lok-sabha-election-2019-bihar-cpi-cpm-rjd-jdu-bjp/news/vishesh-aalekh/story/1287282.html

  3. Ansari, K. A. (2016, October 31). . Dainik Hindustan.

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2011, July 16). . Rashtriya Sahara.

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2008, August 21). . Prabhat Khabar.

Website/Magazine Articles

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2020, June 9).   Round Table India; Link: https://hindi.roundtableindia.co.in/p=9673

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2020, March 28). COVID19, a big disaster in the making. Round Table India; Link: https://roundtableindia.co.in/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=9845:a-big-disaster-1&catid=119:feature&Itemid=132

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2020, March 8). Is it time to re-strategize the Anti-CAA Protests Round Table India; Link: https://roundtableindia.co.in/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=9824:is-it-time-to-re-strategize-the-anti-caa-protests&catid=119:feature&Itemid=132

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2020, January 20).  . Round Table India; Link: https://hindi.roundtableindia.co.in/p=8996

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2019, June 1). General Elections 2019: A Short Comment on Muslim Representation. Round Table India; Link: https://roundtableindia.co.in/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=9657:general-elections-2019-a-short-comment-on-muslim-representation&catid=119:feature&Itemid=132

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2019, May 13). India’s Muslim community under a churn: 85% backward Pasmandas up against 15% Ashrafs. Retrieved from The Print website: https://theprint.in/opinion/indias-muslim-community-under-a-churn-85-backward-pasmandas-up-against-15-ashrafs/234599/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2017). Towards a Post-Minority Condition. Round Table India Link: http://roundtableindia.co.in/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=8937:towards-a-postminority-condition&catid=119:feature&Itemid=132

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2016). Caste and the Aporias of Muslim Theo-Politics. Round Table India Link: http://roundtableindia.co.in/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=8819:caste-and-the-aporias-of-muslim-theo-politics&catid=119&Itemid=132

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2016). A Bahujan ‘Third Space’ Beyond Left and Right: Really Round Table India Link: https://roundtableindia.co.in/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=8779:dialogue-with-bapsa-jnu-part-one&catid=119:feature&Itemid=132

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2016). In Defence of the Pasmanda (Backward & Dalit Muslim) Movement: Three Fragments. Raiot Link: http://raiot.in/in-defence-of-the-pasmanda-backward-dalit-muslim-movement-three-fragments/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2015). Can Mandal Politics Look Beyond The Secular-Communal Binary The Wire Link: https://thewire.in/16436/can-mandal-politics-look-beyond-the-secular-communal-binary/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2015). Why Change Your Religion Raiot Link: http://raiot.in/why-change-your-religion/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2013). Pasmanda Activism: The Quest for a Post-Minority Politics. Café Dissensus Link: https://cafedissensus.com/2013/06/25/pasmanda-activism-the-quest-for-a-post-minority-politics-khalid-anis-ansari/

  1. Yadav, A., & Ansari, K. A. (2011). Travesty of Social Justice: The Curious Case of the Inclusion of Upper Caste Syed ‘Mallicks’’ in Bihar Backward Classes List.’ Countercurrents Link: http://www.countercurrents.org/ansari040611.htm

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2011). Ghettos of the Mind: On Minority Status for Jamia Millia Islamia. Kafila Link: https://kafila.online/2011/03/21/ghettoes-of-the-mind-khalid-anis-ansari-on-minority-status-for-jamia-milia-islamia-university/

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2011). ‘Muslim Quota’: Keep it Simple, Silly! Kafila Link: https://kafila.online/2011/09/02/muslim-quota-keep-it-simple-silly-khalid-anis-ansari/

  1. Azad, M. N. H., & Ansari, K. A. (2011). Backward Muslims are not creating any New Caste Divisions. Countercurrents Link: http://www.countercurrents.org/ansari030111.htm

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2010). Caste Census and Indian Muslims. Countercurrents Link: http://www.countercurrents.org/ansari280810.htm

  1. Ansari, K. A. (2009, February). Segregate and Rule. Communalism Combat, 23–29. Link: https://www.sabrang.com/cc/archive/2009/feb09/forum.html


  1. “When Hate goes Viral” (July 5, 2020), Invited talk in the Belongg Online Literature Festival 2020: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion (3rd to 6th July 2020) jointly organized with the Wire. Link: https://belongglitfest.com/

  1. Reflections on the ‘Pasmanda Muslim’ Discourse in North India (March 1, 2019), Invited talk organized by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras & Media Forum, University of Madras, Chennai (India)

  1. The Post-Minority Condition: Reflections on the Pasmanda Muslim Discourse (February 15, 2019), Invited talk as part of the Colloquium Series organized by the Azim Premji University, Bangalore. 

Link: https://azimpremjifoundation.org/content/colloquium-series-%E2%80%9C-post-minority-condition-reflections-pasmanda-muslim-discourse%E2%80%9D

  1. The Post-Minority Condition (February 12, 2019), Paper presentation in ICHR sponsored Symposium, ‘Subaltern Studies and Beyond’ organized by the Department of History, Daulat Ram College, Delhi University.

  1. Exploring Minority Studies: Challenges and Possibilities (February 6, 2019), Invited as a resource person for panel discussion in the National workshop on ‘Explorations in Domains of Indian Sociology' organized by Teaching Learning Centre (TLC), under UGC sponsored ‘Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching’ at Central University of Punjab, Bathinda.

  1. Pluralism and the Post-Minority Condition (October 5, 2017), Invited talk organized by the Boston Study Group as part of the Ambedkar Lecture Series, Harvard University, Cambridge MA (USA) Link: http://www.glocaluniversity.edu.in/details_prof.-khalid-anis-ansari-talk-in-the-prestigious-harvard-university

  1. Vocational Discernment in Global Contexts (September 27, 2017), Keynote Address in NetVUE, Woodworth Chapel, Tougaloo College, Jackson Mississippi (USA) Link: http://www.glocaluniversity.edu.in/details_prof.-khalid-anis-ansari-as-scholar-in-residence-in-the-historic-tougaloo-college,-jackson-mi-(us)

  1. Post-Minority Politics: Reflections on Pasmanda Muslim Discourse in India (September 22, 2017), Special lecture delivered in the International Conference ‘Seeking Social Justice in South Asia’, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan (USA) Link: https://ii.umich.edu/csas/news-events/events/conferences/seeking-social-justice-in-south-asia.html

  1. Towards a Post-Minority Condition (December 15, 2016), International conference on ‘Democracy against Civility Majoritarian Politeness and Subaltern Dissent in Contemporary India’, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai (in partnership with UKIERI and the University of Edinburgh) Link: https://www.tiss.edu/view/5/homepage-data/homepage-events-and-announcements/democracy-against-civility-majoritarian-politeness/

  1. Pluralism Concerns in India (July 27, 2016), Invited lecture in International Summer School on Pluralism organized by University of Humanistic Studies (the Netherlands) and Azim Premji University (India) in Bangalore (India) Link: https://www.humanistischverbond.nl/blogs/summerschoolblogs-time-flies-when-you-re-having-fun

  1. Lived and Political Reality of Pasmanda Muslims (February 17, 2016), National Conference on ‘Dalit Experiences: Everyday Lives, Literature and Politics’ organized by The History Society, Ramjas College, Delhi University, New Delhi. 

  1. Convivialism and the Political (February 3, 2016), International Workshop on ‘From Anti-Utilitarianism to Convivialism’ organized by Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi.

  1. Affirmative Action Policies for Dalit-Backward Muslims (December 18, 2015), National Workshop on ‘Social, Economic and Educational Status of Dalit-Backward Muslims’ organized by Action Aid India, Lucknow. 

  1. Like a Jute Patch on Silk: Reading Ambedkar in the context of Pasmanda Politics (December 13, 2015), Lecture delivered as part of Dr Ambedkar Memorial Lectures organized by Goa Arts and Literary Festival 2015 (GALF), Goa. Link: http://www.internationalcentregoa.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/GALF_2015_Press_Release.pdf

  1. Development and Identity among the Backward Caste Muslims (August 17-18, 2015), Workshop on ‘Development, Identity and Politics: Margins of the Other Backward Classes’, G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad (India).

  1. Pluralism and Democracy (December 6-21, 2014), International Summer School on Pluralism, Development and Social Change, Organised by the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice from the University of the Free State, South Africa and the University of Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands, Bloemfontein (South Africa).

  1. The Idea of Indian Secularism: Towards a Post-Minority Critique (November 19, 2013), National Conference on ‘Caste, Religion and Reservation: With Special Focus on Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians’, Dr K.R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (India)

  1. Post-Secular Secularizations: Pluralism and Post-Minority Identity Politics in Contemporary India (November 7-8, 2013), International Conference on ‘Pluralism and Secularism’ organized by Dept. of Globalization Studies and International Kosmopolis Institute of the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht (the Netherlands)

  1. Caste and Islam: An Overview (March 13-14, 2013), National Seminar on ‘Caste and Culture in India’, Phule-Ambedkar Chair, University of Mumbai, Mumbai (India)

  1. The Politicization of Muslim Caste: Reflections on the Pasmanda Discourse (March 11-12, 2013), ICSSR (WRC) sponsored National Seminar on ‘Understanding and Resisting Caste’, Dr Ambedkar Centre for Social Justice, University of Mumbai, Mumbai (India)

  1. Difference and Inequality in India: Reflections on the Pasmanda Movement (November 5-9, 2012), International Summer School on ‘Managing Diversity in Uganda—Theory and Practice’, The Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda & Kampala International University (School of Social Sciences), Kampala (Uganda)

  1. Rights of Dalit Muslims in India (December 18-19, 2010), International Seminar on ‘Minority Issues and Social Exclusion in South, South East and East Asia’, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), New Delhi & Working Group on Human Rights (WGHR), New Delhi (India).

  1. Pluri-Culture and Interreligious Conflict (September 29-October 1, 2010), International Conference on ‘Knowledge and Change: Theory and Practice of Development Dilemmas’ organized by Hivos, The Hague (the Netherlands).

  1. Gandhi, Multiculturalism and Communal Violence in India (February 3-4, 2010), International workshop on Peace-building Challenges in 21st Century: Gandhian Perspectives’ organized by Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU, Varanasi (India).

  1. Indian Notions of Secularism: A Pasmanda Critique (May 25-26, 2009), International Conference on ‘Promoting Pluralism through Civic Reason’ organized by Kosmopolis Institute (UvH) and Hivos, Utrecht (the Netherlands) 


  1. Ajaz Ashraf (2019). For Indian Muslims, Elections Bring Caste Divide among Ashrafs, Pasmandas to the Fore. FIRSTPOST Link: https://www.firstpost.com/long-reads/for-indian-muslims-elections-bring-caste-divide-among-ashrafs-pasmandas-to-the-fore-6499661.html

  1. Kuffir Nalgundwar (2017). Interview with Prof Khalid Anis Ansari on Pasmanda Movement. ROUND TABLE INDIA Link: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=xWeeaXADPBw

  1. Ravish Kumar (2014). Prime Time: Pasmanda Musalmanon ka Kitna Vikas India. NTDV PRIMETIME Link: http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/prime-time/video-story/314419

  1. Alphen, E. Van, & Klooster, T. H. (2010). Exploring New Sites of Social Transformation: Conversations with the founder members of the Patna Collective in India. HIVOS Link: https://hivos.org/sites/default/files/publications/5400d6e075d9e5eff605670097bbc51b1.pdf