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Debating PatriarchyThe Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941–1956)$
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Chitra Sinha

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198078944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078944.001.0001

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Victory of Symbol Over Substance

Victory of Symbol Over Substance

Final Phase of the Hindu Code Bill Controversy

(p.178) 6 Victory of Symbol Over Substance
Debating Patriarchy

Chitra Sinha

Oxford University Press

The process of culmination of the debate in the political sphere tracing the developments relating to the Hindu Code Bill during 1952 to 1956 is dealt with in this chapter of the book. This phase marks the final passage of the Bill in the form of five enactments spanning over the period 1952 to 1956. The account of the discourse over the Bill presents the tensions and undercurrents of a society in transition and the conflict between tradition and modernity.

Keywords:   First General Elections, Prabhudatta Brahmachari, Hindu Mahasabha, Jan Sangh, Ram Rajya Parishad, Swami Karpatri, Special marriage act, Hindu Marriage and Divorce Bill, Hindu Marriage Act, Hindu Succession Act

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