Debating Patriarchy: The Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941-1956)

Hardcover | September 12, 2012

byChitra Sinha

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The book explores a significant episode of Indian social history, the Hindu Code Bill controversy that stirred the Indian social consciousness in the mid-twentieth century. Revisiting the communicative processes surrounding the reform of Hindu customary laws relating to marriage, divorce,succession, adoption and maintenance, the book provides an in-depth account of the intense debate that took place in and outside the legislature involving political groups, social associations, religious organizations, legal associations, and the women's movement. Placing the debate in a historicalcontinuum, the author tracess the genesis of the Hindu Code Bill by exploring the linkages of late eighteenth century initiatives of colonial administration, the efforts of eighteenth century social reformers, and the contribution of Indian national movement as well as women's organizations in earlytwentieth century. The book analyses the relationship of discourses in the public and legislative spheres and emphases the role of Nehru , Ambedkar, B.N. Rau and other prominent personalities in the promotion of gender justice. The book argues that while effective implementation of enabling legal provisions wereimpeded by deeply entrenched patriarchal structures in Independent India, the debate contributed towards a gradual transformation of the Indian social consciousness, thus contributing towards gender justice in Indian society.

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The book explores a significant episode of Indian social history, the Hindu Code Bill controversy that stirred the Indian social consciousness in the mid-twentieth century. Revisiting the communicative processes surrounding the reform of Hindu customary laws relating to marriage, divorce,succession, adoption and maintenance, the book p...

Chitra Sinha is Academic Advisor at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain. She was previously Reader at the Research Centre for Women's Studies at SNDT Women's University, Mumbai.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:September 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198078943

ISBN - 13:9780198078944

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PrefaceAcknowledgementList of TablesIntroduction1. Contesting Patriarchy: The Early Years2. The Hindu Code Bill: A Historical Background3. Evolution of the Hindu Code Bill4. Law and the Public Gaze: Hindu Code Bill in the Public Sphere5. Hindu Code Bill in the Political Sphere6. Hindu Code Bill Controversy : The Final Phase7. Hindu Code Bill and the Modern Indian MindBibliographyIndex