ISBN: 415445443 Publisher:Routledge No. of Volumes: 1 Language: English Physical Description: 339 pages Year of Publication: 2007
Ever since the drafting of the Indian Constitution, there has been a political debate in the country as to whether India, being a democratic and secular state, should have a Uniform Civil Code (UCC). The debate, while outlining discourses of communalism versus secularism in the country, also focuses on whether there should be a centralised view of the legal system in a given society or a decentralised view, both horizontally and vertically. As most of the South Asian States today subscribe to a decentralised view and share a common history, this study is an excellent comparative analysis of the applicability of the UCC. India figures prominently, being the most plural and vibrant democracy, as well as accounting for almost three-fourths of the regions population. This provides the backdrop for an analysis of the other states in the region.