The rise of communalism in recent years as the major claimant to power in Indian politics has posed a serious challenge to the survival of democracy and is even threatening the fabric of the Constitution. Coupled with the fact that political discourse in the international arena has been increasingly using the language of religion, this phenomenon has posed a serious challenge to human rights movements worldwide. The seventeen original essays in this volume traverse a large canvas and critically interrogate Hindutva from multiple vantage points in the light of recent national and international political events.

The Supreme Court, Media and UCC Debate

The supreme court, media and UCC debate


Periodic pronouncements by the Supreme Court urging the state to enact a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) have received wide media publicity. The myriad opinions expressed in support of the UCC are governed by three distinct undertones—gender equality, national integration, and concepts of modernity embedded within notions of middle-class morality.

The gender concerns project the demand for an all-encompassing and uniform code as a magic wand which will ameliorate the woes and sufferings of Indian women in general and Muslim women in particular. This concern places gender as a neutral terrain, distanced from contemporary political processes. From this point of view, the agency for change within communities becomes highly suspect. Minority women are projected ...

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