Feyman Lectures on Physics

Sep 11, 2017

Liberal Nationalism of Amish@Algebra

Liberal Indian Nationalism of Amish@Algebra is non-interventionist to the extent that traditional or religious "personal laws" can be argued against only on case-to-case basis. Thus, "Instant Triple Talaq" or "Sati" or "Untouchability" need not be (or need not have been) banned -- neither by legislative act nor by judicial action (court judgment); however, the aggrieved individuals can approach the Indian court and seek justice in individual capacity. By this logic, Amish also seems to be opposed to Uniform Civil Code promoted by the Indian constitution as a directive principle. (Of course, all this is my interpretation of what Amish@Algebra is saying).

This (above) approach seems problematic but is supported by court judgments since 1952 (ref. Narsu Appa Mali vs. Bombay state etc.). Even the present split (2 vs. 3) supreme court judgment which bans Instant Triple Talaq has taken a roundabout route without clearly upholding the preamble values in the constitution. Fortunately, Indian legislature has taken a clear cut stand on Sati (1987 Prevention of sati act), while Untouchbility was banned by the constitution itself when it was formed in 1950.

In general however, I find Amish@Algbra as one of the best articulations of liberal cultural nationalism.