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Postmodern Hindu Law

Menski, Werner

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Abstract

This study, based on indological and legal scholarship, explores to what extent Hindu law, as a conceptual entity and a legal system, is visibly and invisibly present in contemporary Indian law-making. It is found that, defying many death wishes and contradicting pronouncements of its demise, Hindu law is alive and well in various postmodern manifestations. Both at the conceptual level and within processes of official law-making and policy formulation, postmodern Hindu concepts and rules retain a powerful voice in how India, in the 21st century, is seeking to achieve social and economic justice for over a billion people. Rejecting the agenda of hindutva and its opponents as too narrow and politically motivated, the present study presents a holistic view of Hindu legal systems and concepts and their contemporary and future relevance.

Document type: Article
Date: 2001
Date Deposited: 23. February 2009
Faculties / Institutes: Organisations / Associations / Foundations > Centre for Applied South Asian Studies (CASAS)
DDC-classification: Law
Controlled Subjects: Indien, Gesetz, Hinduismus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hindu-Recht , Hindu-Law , Hinduism
Subject (classification): Law
Indology
Countries/Regions: India
Series: CASAS Online Papers: Ethnic Plurality and Law
Volume: 7

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