SASAA Keynote – ASAA Conference 2022
We are pleased to announce that Prof. Farah Ahmed from the University of Melbourne will be the SASAA keynote speaker at the upcoming ASAA Conference in Monash University from 5-8 July 2022. An abstract of her upcoming talk is attached:
Secularism as Fraternity
Fraternity rarely plays a central role in accounts of the Indian Constitution. This might be because the term might be thought to have little practical legal effect as the law is often thought unsuitable for promoting fraternity. Fraternity is also thought to sit uneasily with liberal commitments, so its relationship with constitutional values such as liberty has always been uncertain.
I will argue that, contrary to these assumptions, fraternity has played and continues to play an under-appreciated role in constitutional law, especially in the Indian legal understanding of secularism. Through an exploration of the Constituent Assembly Debates and constitutional cases, I will argue that Indian secularism is best understood as aiming to create and maintain fraternity between citizens with different religious commitments.
For more info on the conference see: https://monasharts.cventevents.com/event/e7785594-d756-45a9-bdea-d9f45ec88bac/summary