The End of Noninterference? The BJP's Rise to Power, 1984–2004

Rina Verma Williams

in Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195680140
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081721 | DOI:
The End of Noninterference? The BJP's Rise to Power, 1984–2004

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This chapter discusses the historical development of the major Hindu nationalist political parties; their policies on noninterference and the personal laws; the actions of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sangh Parivar in the Muslim Women Bill (MWB) controversy of the 1980s; and their position during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The Indian Supreme Court has decisively favoured the introduction of a uniform civil code. The tension between the BJP's agenda and the NDA's agenda came to a head with the introduction of a Private Member's Bill to enact a uniform civil code. The policies of the BJP were marked by both continuity and disjunctive with prior governments, colonial and postcolonial. The 2004 election manifestos of the BJP and the Congress Party were unique for each party. The conceptions of Indian society and religion, unity, disunity, and identity were mediated by the personal laws as the manifestation of religion and community in law.

Keywords: noninterference; personal laws; Bharatiya Janata Party; Muslim Women Bill; National Democratic Alliance; Private Member's Bill; Indian Supreme Court; uniform civil code

Chapter.  15124 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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