Rina Verma Williams

in Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195680140
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081721 | DOI:

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The role of law in the constitution of modern state power becomes especially significant, as both the institutions of the state and the law(s) it enforces were certainly developed in a dialectical and unequal relationship with outside powers. India's personal laws functioned as a guide for British colonies in Africa and elsewhere. Most personal law systems today are an amalgam of three types of laws: (a) customary laws; (b) some imported Western laws and accumulated case-law; and (c) religious laws. Interference in the personal laws referred to the reform, codification, or unification of the personal laws. This book explores four main periods in the development of Indian government policy on the personal laws. The 2004 election manifestos of neither the Bharatiya Janata Party-National Democratic Alliance coalition nor the Congress Party explicitly mentioned the personal laws or a uniform civil code.

Keywords: personal laws; customary laws; Western laws; accumulated case-law; religious laws; interference; Indian government policy

Chapter.  9615 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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