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.
‘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
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