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2nd Edition

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

ISBN 9780367734619
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge India
394 Pages

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Book Description

The viability of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) has always been a bone of contention in socially and politically plural South Asia. It is entangled within the polemics of identity politics, minority rights, women’s rights, national integration, uniform citizenry and, of late, global Islamic politics and universal human rights. While champions of each category view the issue from their own perspectives, making the debate extremely complex, this book takes up the challenge of providing a holistic political analysis.

As most of the South Asian states today subscribe to a decentralised view and share a common history, this study is an excellent comparative analysis of the applicability of the UCC. In this work, India figures prominently, being the most plural and vibrant democracy, as well as accounting for almost three-fourths of the region’s population. This provides the backdrop for an analysis of the other states in the region.

This second edition will be indispensable for scholars, researchers and students of law, political science and South Asian Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Tables. Preface to the Second Edition. Preface to the First Edition. Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Issues and Concepts 2. The Evolution of the Indian Discourse 3. It is Politics, Stupid! 4. On the Fringe: The Tribal Laws 5. The South Asian Mosaic 6. The Wider Context 7. Conclusion. 8. Old Wine in the Old Bottle. Appendices. Glossary. Bibliography. Index

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Partha S. Ghosh is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India. Formerly, he was Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library; ICCR Chair Professor at the Victoria University; Visiting Professor/Humboldt Fellow at Heidelberg University; and Ford Scholar at the University of Illinois. He had a long stint as Research Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research. His most recent books are BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism: Savarkar to Vajpayee to Modi (2017) and Migrants, Refugees and the Stateless in South Asia (2016). He has contributed chapters to many edited volumes and published extensively in professional journals, magazines and newspapers.


‘This book is important because it helps us understand the complex political choices that might be made in the area of personal law in South Asia.’

Muneer Mustafa, Contemporary South Asia, 18(3), September 2010