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Future Narratives

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

in Growing Up and Away

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071266
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080779 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071266.003.0008
Future Narratives

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This chapter analyzes the development of the child-State relationship. It argues that the Indian post-colonial trajectory of the child-State relationship can be anchored within the global universal discourse of children, their rights, and their childhood experience. In government documentation, this progress has been deified in the iconic pictures of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his relationship with children. The specificity of the child-State relationship suggests that the narrative of progressive changes in approach from welfare, to development, to rights is intertwined with the lesser known narrative of the way the State has interpreted, and children have experienced its guardianship in the post-Independence period.

Keywords: child welfare; child-State relationship; Jawaharlal Nehru

Chapter.  6582 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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