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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 Independent India

The Hindu Code Bill in Independent India

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Debating Patriarchy

Chitra Sinha

Oxford University Press

The chapter assesses the contribution of the Hindu Code Bill in the construction of the modern Indian nation. Contrary to the existing perception that the Hindu Code Bill in its diluted form failed to create a significant impact on modern Indian society, the analysis tries to capture the lasting imprints of the Hindu Code Bill on the modern Indian mind. With the help of theoretical tools and empirical analysis, the section locates the significance of the Hindu Code Bill controversy in independent India. It attempts to demonstrate that not only did the Hindu Code Bill provide the benchmark for the second wave of feminist activism in India in the 1970s and 1980s, it also shaped much of the subsequent legal debates surrounding the proper implementation of Hindu laws. The chapter argues that even in its truncated form, the passage of the Hindu Code Bill was important in shaping the gender consciousness in independent India and thereby influencing the process of law formation over the longer term.

Keywords:   Feminist Consciousness, feminist activism, Role of the State, Gender and Media, Family Laws in Modern India, Muslim Laws in India

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