Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in India

Editor | Non-fiction

In this groundbreaking book, Abhinav Chandrachud explores how India aspires to become a secular country.
Given our colonial past, we derive many of our laws and institutions from England. Many of the provisions in our statutes like the nineteenth-century Indian Contract Act or the Indian Evidence Act are based on the English common law. This book makes the argument that the secular structure of the colonial state was imposed by a colonial power on a conquered people. It was an unnatural foreign imposition, perhaps one which was bound, in some measure, to come apart once colonialism ended, given colonial secularism’s dubious origins.

About the author
Abhinav Chandrachud practices as an advocate at the Bombay High Court. He graduated from the LLM programme at Harvard Law School where he was a Dana Scholar, and from the JSM and JSD programmes at Stanford Law School where he was a Franklin Family Scholar. He has worked as an associate attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a global law firm, and as a paralegal at AZB & Partners, a leading law firm in India. He is the author of Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India.

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