Misaal seeks to create knowledge on the drivers of marginalisation, with a focus on minorities and other deprived groups; and on the practical solutions to overcoming marginalisation. We study and analyse the dynamics of marginalisation of Muslims, and other minorities and deprived groups; track the working of universal as well as specific programmes for marginalised groups; and draw lessons from those to find practical solutions to poverty and injustice. Misaal conducts commissioned research – in India and for international groups – as well as those it takes up on its own, with the aim to communicate findings to multiple audiences – academic, but mostly, policy. On this, Misaal builds on past policy and academic work of its members.
Research reports (click links below to download report
i. Socio-economic Status of Muslims of UP (2015)
[Commissioned by National Confederation of Dalit Organisations/UNICEF, India, this report maps the condition of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, to try to draw out policy lessons. Provides a set of recommendations for reforms, prioritised by importance, for action by stakeholders].
[the flagship annual report of the Minority Rights Group, International (London, UK). Read our contribution, the thematic chapter, ‘Advocacy, Participation and Inclusion for Minorities in Urban Areas’, pp 44-53]
iii. Report of the aftermath of violence in villages in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Western Uttar Pradesh, India; and civil society response for survivors’ struggle for justice, rights and peace. (2015)
[Report of surveys and analyses, based on our practical work with survivors of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar-Shamli districts, UP, spread over 2013-15]
[the flagship annual report of the Minority Rights Group, International (London, UK). Check out our case study report ‘Understanding the dynamic of communal riots against Muslims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh, India’]
[Read our report, produced in 2011, evaluating the working of programmes launched nationally for minority development]
[Read our survey of the literature on exclusion of Muslims in India, as an effort to identify gaps and suggest research questions to better understand the drivers and facilitators of the exclusion, and how the developmental challenge for Muslims could be overcome]
[Read our paper on the findings of an action research pilot on improving performance of pro-poor programmes for the severely marginalised – dalits, adivasis, and Pasmanda Muslims, et al – and its implications for institutional reforms for better anti-poverty results]
iii. Musahars, Poverty and the State in India (2014)
[Read our paper on the Musahars of Bihar – one of the severest marginalised groups in India; their struggles for overcoming exclusion; and the challenges they face in this endeavour]
iv. What holds Juan PVTG adivasis back? (2014)
[Juang ‘primitive’ tribes in northern Orissa, exist at the extreme margins. Read our analysis of what explains their continued exclusion and poverty]