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Secularism, Democracy, Justice
Implications of Rawlsian Principles in India



January 1998 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Secularism, Democracy, Justice undertakes the difficult task of applying to the Indian context the principles elaborated in John Rawl's Theory of Justice (1971).

Nalini Rajan relies largely on Kantian notions of rationality and universality to combine a philosophical analysis of the Rawlsian framework with a defence of certain kinds of state policies in India. She discusses: secularism and the rationale for a uniform civil code; the necessity for greater democratic participation as well as its limits; the importance of positive discrimination to combat social backwardness; and the role of the self and of universality in realizing human agency.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: SECULARISM
 
Gandhi and Postmodernism
 
The Principles of Autonomy
 
Is There a Case for a Uniform Civil Code?
 
PART TWO: DEMOCRACY
 
Role of the State
 
Limits to Democracy
 
PART THREE: SOCIAL JUSTICE
 
Beyond Welfarism
 
Justice as Impartiality
 
PART FOUR: AGENCY
 
Dealing with Pluralism
 
Conclusion

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ISBN: 9780761992141
£35.00