Dr. Sadia Mahmood, Fulbright Scholar at Chaplain College
Sadia is currently working on her first monograph, tentatively called: Pakistani Hindus, The Making of a Minority (1947-1971). Since the founding of the post-colonial state, there has been a continual exodus of Hindus from Pakistan. Based on this empirical observation, the book investigates what in terms of power relationships changed for Hindus in the post-colonial era, so that it became difficult for Hindus to continue living where they had prior to the Partition. Pakistani Hindus is a detailed account of the making of Hindus into a post-colonial minority in Pakistan from its inception as a state in 1947 to the secession of the eastern wing (former East Pakistan, now Bangladesh) from the country after a civil and international war in 1971. The work is based on ethnographic fieldwork in the Tharparkar district of Sindh province in Pakistan where various Hindus communities gave her a rare access into their lives. The work also draws on archival and other primary data collected from Pakistan and Bangladesh.