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Debating Difference: Group Rights and Liberal Democracy in India

Rochana Bajpai


This book is about group rights and liberal democracy in India. It presents the first systematic account of the structure of public reasoning over group rights in India. It critiques both liberal and post-colonial narratives and constructs a framework that combines their insights for an empirical study of the norms of group rights in the country. It suggests that public reason is to be found not just in the thought of extraordinary individuals, but also in more routine practices of debate. The debates considered in this book involve policies of group-differentiated rights in India, mainly sinc ... More

Keywords: India, group rights, liberal democracy, minority rights, Muslims, lower castes, Shah Bano, Mandal, religion, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198067504
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067504.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rochana Bajpai, author
Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London