India in the Shadows of Empire: A Legal and Political History  (1774-1950) by Mithi MukherjiIndia in the Shadows of Empire: A Legal and Political History  (1774-1950) by Mithi Mukherji

India in the Shadows of Empire: A Legal and Political History (1774-1950)

byMithi Mukherji

Paperback | January 15, 2012

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This pioneering research offers a sweeping new interpretation of the complex and seemingly contradictory nature of Indian democracy and polity. In contrast to much of existing scholarship, it joins the colonial and postcolonial periods in Indian history into a seamless narrative. This bookexplains the postcolonial Indian polity by presenting an alternative historical narrative of the British Empire in India and India's struggle for Independence. It pursues this narrative along two major trajectories. On the one hand, it focuses on the role of imperial judicial institutions and practices in the making of both the British Empire and the anti-colonial movement under the Congress, with the lawyer as political leader. On the other hand, it offers a novel interpretation of Gandhi's non-violentresistance movement as being different from the Congress. It shows that the Gandhian movement, as the most powerful force largely responsible for India's Independence, was anchored not in western discourses of political and legislative freedom but rather in Indian traditions of renunciative freedom,with the renouncer as leader.
Mithi Mukherjee is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.
Title:India in the Shadows of Empire: A Legal and Political History (1774-1950)Format:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198079435

ISBN - 13:9780198079439


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Colonial and the Imperial: India and Britain in the Impeachment Trial of Warren Hastings2. Conflict of Sovereignty: The Judiciary, the Executive, and the Emergence of the Indian Legislative Council as a Court of Law3. Into the Labyrinth: The Birth of Justice as a Discourse of Governance4. 'Vakil Raj': The Indian National Congress and the Birth of the Lawyer as Political Representative5. From Imperial Justice to Transcendental Freedom: The Samnyasin as Leader in the Movement for National Independence6. An Imperial Constitution? Justice as Equity and the Making of the Indian Constitution7. India after Independence: A Tale of Conflicting LegaciesBibliographyIndex