Rohit DeMar 6, 2023
A People's Constitution
The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic
Princeton University Press 2018
Rohit De examines four important cases that set legal precedents: a Parsi journalist’s contestation of new alcohol prohibition laws, Marwari petty traders’ challenge to the system of commodity control, Muslim butchers’ petition against cow protection laws, and sex workers’ battle to protect their right to practice prostitution. Exploring how the Indian Constitution of 1950 enfranchised the largest population in the world, A People’s Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic (Princeton University Press, 2018) considers the ways that ordinary citizens produced, through litigation, alternative ethical models of citizenship.
Rohit De is associate professor of history at Yale University.
Caleb Zakarin is the Assistant Editor of the New Books Network.