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Mumtaz Bibi's broken heart
This article investigates the formation of a political consensus between conservative ulama, Muslim reformers, nationalist politicians and women's organisations, which led to the enactment of theExpand
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A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic
  • Rohit De
  • Political Science
  • 27 November 2018
“What difference did the enactment of the the Indian constitution make on everyday lives of its citizens? It has long been contended that the Indian Constitution of 1950, a document in EnglishExpand
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Introduction Personal law, identity politics and civil society in colonial South Asia
This special edition of the Indian Economic and Social History Review explores the ways in which law provided a forum for the construction of new notions of gender, family and community relationshipsExpand
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Rebellion, Dacoity, and Equality: The Emergence of the Constitutional Field in Postcolonial India
Did the promulgation of the Indian constitution on 26 January 1950 make a difference to the lives of most Indians? This article argues that contrary to existing scholarly and popular belief, theExpand
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‘Commodities must be controlled’: economic crimes and market discipline in India (1939–1955)
  • Rohit De
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Law in Context
  • 1 September 2014
It was a hot afternoon on 10 April 1950, in the town of Chapra in the eastern Indian province of Bihar. As most people had retired indoors to avoid the heat, the women's clothing store run by KedarExpand
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The Two Husbands of Vera Tiscenko: Apostasy, Conversion, and Divorce in Late Colonial India
  • Rohit De
  • History
  • Law and History Review
  • 4 October 2010
On June 27, 1940, Vera Tiscenko, a Polish actress formerly with the Moscow Arts Theatre, “of her own free will and after due deliberation” embraced the Islamic faith at the Nakoda Mosque at 19Expand
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A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic
  • Rohit De
  • Asian Journal of Comparative Law
  • 1 December 2020
I am grateful to Professor Mathew John for his deep and rigorous engagement with A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic, and to the editors of this journal forExpand
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“A Peripatetic World Court” Cosmopolitan Courts, Nationalist Judges and the Indian Appeal to the Privy Council
  • Rohit De
  • Sociology
  • Law and History Review
  • 14 October 2014
In early 1943, Lord Wilfred Green, the Master of Rolls and the head of the Chancery Division of the British judiciary, authored a secret memorandum proposing that the Judicial Committee of the PrivyExpand
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