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India in the Shadows of EmpireA Legal and Political History (1774–1950)$
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Mithi Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198062509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062509.001.0001

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Into the Labyrinth

Into the Labyrinth

The Birth of Justice as a Discourse of Governance

(p.72) 3 Into the Labyrinth
India in the Shadows of Empire

Mithi Mukherjee

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the nature and profound implications of the discursive rupture caused by the political upheaval of the Revolt of 1857. It argues that the transfer of the government of India from the Company to the imperial monarch in the wake of the Revolt resulted in major discursive and institutional realignments to put the empire on a new foundation and remove any possibility of similar upheavals in the future. It shows how the old conflict of the colonial and the imperial became internal to the figure of the monarch in the post-1857 period giving rise to two new discourses of justice as equity and justice as liberty.

Keywords:   Revolt of 1857, liberty, equity, justice, political upheaval, monarchy

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