Muslim Perceptions and Responses in Post–Police Action Contexts in Hyderabad
From the Muslim perspective, the Police Action of 1948 is considered the most important event in the recent history of Hyderabad.1 This event was the culmination of the activities which were going on for the past several months with respect to Hyderabad’s status as a separate political entity (Benichou 2000). Why the Police Action happened, who was responsible, and what were its consequences is a long and complex story. This essay will focus on one aspect of this story, that is, how Muslims responded to their post-Police Action situation and what happened to the earlier trends of social reform amongst them. The essay will also explore the impact of post-Police Action reform activities in Hyderabad on the age-old Hindu-Muslim relationship.