Bit of Both-the disappearing Horizon| 26mins
Director: Merajur Rahman Baruah | Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: India
About 1,000,000 people belonging to the Cheeta, Mehrata, and Kathat communities inhabit some 160 villages in Rajasthan. They follow a mix of both Hindu and Muslim religious practice and customs. Many identify themselves as both Hindu and Muslim at the same time, though more of them identify themselves as Muslims or simply â€œKaathat.â€
Apparently their identity as neither Hindu nor Muslim (but perhaps a bit of both) has been perceived as a threat since the mid-1980s, because both Hindu and Muslim revivalist organizations have been relentlessly competing for exclusive ownership of the community. These organizations engage them in doctrinaire faith, presenting new challenges for the ways the community members define themselves and want to live. And in the process of renegotiating to a particular faith with rigidity, they are beginning to transgress their age-old syncretic identity and lose their horizons forever.