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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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The Hindu Code Bill in the Political Sphere

The Hindu Code Bill in the Political Sphere

(p.133) 5 The Hindu Code Bill in the Political Sphere
Debating Patriarchy

Chitra Sinha

Oxford University Press

Alongside the communicative processes in the public sphere, the Hindu Code Bill entered the legislative domain in a significant way in 1948. The fifth chapter reviews the nature of the debate that took place in the political sphere over the Hindu Code Bill. Based on the records of legislative debates, the account narrates the patriarchal and feminist concerns in the Legislature. It probes the debates that took place between the liberal forces, the conservative segments, and the viewpoint of women legislators. The focus of this segment is on the involvement of B.R. Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru in the debate over the Hindu Code Bill. While it is central to the understanding of the process of communicative action in the Legislature, it also revealed that even within the Congress party, as also in other political parties, unified feminist consciousness failed to emerge.

Keywords:   Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B.R. Ambedkar, Hansa Mehta, Renuka Ray, Sucheta Kripalani, RSS, Universal Civil Code, Legislative Debate, Rajendra Prasad

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