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Debating PatriarchyThe Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941–1956)$
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Chitra Sinha

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198078944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078944.001.0001

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Evolution of the Hindu Code Bill

Evolution of the Hindu Code Bill

(p.45) 3 Evolution of the Hindu Code Bill
Debating Patriarchy

Chitra Sinha

Oxford University Press

The chapter of the book discusses the specific stages of evolution of the Hindu Code Bill and provides the base for understanding the ideological underpinnings of the discourse over the Hindu Code Bill during 1941 to 1946. The chapter traces the process of codification of Hindu laws since the 1920s, immediately after the Montague Chelmsford reforms. It discusses the debate over Hindu legislative reforms in the 1920s and 1930s and also the growing social discontent over the Hindu Women’s Right to Property Act of 1937 that led to the constitution of the Hindu Law Committee in 1941. The chapter also discusses the recommendations of the first Hindu Law Committee, the reconstitution of the Committee in 1944 with the mandate to frame a Bill to codify Hindu law.

Keywords:   Hindu Women’s right to Property Act, 1937, G. V. Deshmukh, Hindu law Committee, B. N. Rau, B.R. Ambedkar, Constituent Assembly Debates

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