Fortunately There Were Rebels

A Workshop on the Constituent Assembly Debates

Thu, 10/03/2013
by invitation only


For more information contact Professor Rahul Sagar

Between 1946 and 1949 India's Constituent Assembly drafted her Constitution. The proceedings of the Assembly "would have been very dull if all members had yielded to the rule of party discipline" because it would have reduced the assembly "into a gathering of 'yes men'," B.R. Ambedkar observed. "Fortunately," he added, "there were rebels."

Who were these rebels?  What intellectual currents did they owe their ideas to?  And how were there challenges rebutted? These are the questions this workshop examines.  Its objective is to recover voices, positions, and ideas that have been forgotten, transformed, or obscured by the passage of time.

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Cosponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the University Center for Human Values.