Rohit De: A People’s Constitution: Law and Everyday Life in the Indian Republic

Rohit De HeadshotOn Tuesday, April 2nd the South Asia Center is pleased to welcome Rohit De as he presents on Law and Everyday Life in the India RepublicIt has long been contended that the Indian Constitution of 1950, a document in English created by elite consensus, has had little influence on India’s greater population Drawing upon the previously unexplored records of the Supreme Court of India, De upends this narrative The Constitution came alive in the popular imagination so much that ordinary people attributed meaning to its existence, took recourse to it, and argued with it. Constitutional culture was shaped by those on the margins of society.

Rohit De is an Associate Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School and an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Yale University. Until 2014 he was a Melon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for History and Economics, University of Cambridge and Harvard University. Rohit's research focuses on South Asian legal history and comparative constitutional law; he is currently writing a book that explores everyday life of constitutional law in the first decade of independent India. 

The presentation will take place at 12:00pm in 341 Eggers Hall and is open to all. We hope that you'll join us!