Debating Difference (2011) was motivated by three larger concerns. First, at a time when Indian political thought barely figured in scholarship in political theory, it provided a normative reconstruction of debates over minority rights and affirmative action in the Constituent Assembly (1946-49). In bringing political thought at India’s founding into into conversation with contemporary political…Keep reading
My work is focussed on the values and aspirations of the Indian constitution. The Constitution aims for equality, an end to subordination, non-arbitrary government, religious freedom, secularism and fraternity (among other important values). But how should we understand these values and the demands they make of us? How do we bring them life? How do…Keep reading
Histories and meanings of Indigeneity in India and elsewhere are important themes in my research and while the text of the Indian Constitution does not include the word Adivasi, the speeches and silences in the Constituent Assembly Debates offer important insights. I have suggested that Jaipal Singh Munda’s speeches and interventions in the Constituent Assembly…Keep reading
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