Debating Difference: Group Rights and Liberal Democracy in India by Rochana BajpaiDebating Difference: Group Rights and Liberal Democracy in India by Rochana Bajpai

Debating Difference: Group Rights and Liberal Democracy in India

byRochana Bajpai

Paperback | July 23, 2016

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India is an outstanding example of multiculturalism, with wide-ranging policies of group preference dating back to the colonial period. This book presents the first systematic account of the structure of public reasoning over group rights primarily focusing on the landmark constitutional andlegislative debates in the late 1940s and late 1980s. While the former saw a centralization of power, the latter marked a decentering of power in the Indian polity. The author focuses, exclusively, on shifts in political discourses, even as she simultaneously illuminates the political events and junctures in which these are located. Through an analytical interpretation of the Constituent Assembly (1946-9), Shah Bano (1986) and Mandal (1990, 2006) debates, thisbook constructs a conceptual framework within which Indian arguments over group rights can be understood and evaluated. It argues that the interplay between five principal ideals - secularism, democracy, social justice, national unity and development - has framed political debate in India.
Rochana Bajpai is Lecturer in the Department of Politics at SOAS, University of London.
Title:Debating Difference: Group Rights and Liberal Democracy in IndiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.03 inPublished:July 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199453373

ISBN - 13:9780199453375

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Towards a Conceptual Analysis of Political RhetoricPart One: The Moment of Containment2. Minority Rights in the Constituent Assembly: A Historical Background3. Nationalist Discourse and Minority Rights: A Conceptual Approach4. The Nationalist Resolution of the Minorities QuestionPart Two: The Moment of Crisis: 1986, 19905. Secularism and Exemptions for Muslim Personal Law: The Shah Bano Case, 19866. Social Justice and Quotas for the OBCs: The Mandal Case, 19907. ConclusioBibliographyIndex