The Politics of Personal Law in South Asia: Identity, Nationalism and the Uniform Civil Code

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Routledge, May 23, 2012 - Law - 352 pages

It is a political study of the controversy surrounding the issue of the uniform civil code vis--vis personal laws from a South Asian perspective.

At the centre of the debate is whether there should be a centralized view of the legal system in a given society or a decentralized view, both horizontally and vertically.

This issue is entangled within the threads of identity politics, minority rights, women’s rights, national integration, global Islamic politics and universal human rights. Champions of each category view it through their own prisms, making the debate extremely complex, especially in politically and socially plural South Asia.

So, this book attempts to harmonize the threads of the debate to provide a holistic political analysis.

 

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Contents

Issues and Concepts
1
II The Evolution of the Indian Discourse
47
III It is Politics Stupid
82
The Tribal Laws
125
V The South Asian Mosaic
151
VI The Wider Context
215
VII Conclusion
239
Appendices
254
Glossary
287
Bibliography
292
Index
326
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About the author (2012)

Partha S. Ghosh is currently Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been associated with New Delhi-based Indian Council of Social Science Research for the last two decades where he has held positions of Assistant Director (January 1978–April 1981, August 1983–December 1984)); Deputy Director ( January 1987–August 1990) and Director ( September 1990–August 1992; September 1993– December 1995). He has previously published seven books, and has contributed numerous articles to professional journals in India and abroad.

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