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Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
Advocate & Doctoral Fellow, NALSAR University of Law
Founder, The Equals Project
Podcast Host

Date & Time

Sun, 15 Aug 2021

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

“The diffusion of constitutional morality, not merely among the majority of any community but throughout the whole, is the indispensable condition of a government” (Vol. 7, 4th November 1948).

The importance of constitutional morality for the effective functioning of Indian democracy was highlighted by Dr BR Ambedkar in the Constituent Assembly Debates . But what does constitutional morality mean? Who are its arbiters? And does constitutional morality exist in India today?

In this podcast, host Shruti Vishwanathan of the Equals Project talks to advocates and scholars Disha Wadekar, Anurag Bhaskar & Malavika Prasad as they discuss the elements of constitutional morality in India, and its importance for Indian society.

Other sources & further reading:

1) Speech by Dr Ambedkar at the inception of Constituent Assembly (17 Dec., 1946) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPsZLK540Cg&t=11s

2) Anurag Bhaskar, “‘Ambedkar’s Constitution’: A Radical Phenomenon in Anti-Caste Discourse?”, https://journals.library.brandeis.edu/index.php/caste/article/view/282

3)138 of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Writings and Speeches,  Vol 17(3)  p. 472.) – https://www.mea.gov.in/Images/CPV/Volume17_Part_III.pdf

4) Chapter IX of What Congress and Gandhi have Done to the Untouchables (Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Writings and Speeches, Vol 9, p. 199, 201-204)- https://www.mea.gov.in/Images/CPV/Volume9.pdf

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Disha Wadekar

Disha Wadekar is an advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India and works on constitutional and anti-discrimination law. She has appeared in constitution bench cases like the Sabarimala temple entry case and Jarnail Singh- reservation in promotions case.

Anurag Bhaskar

Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
Anurag Bhaskar is an Assistant Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. He is a recipient of Indian Equality Law Visiting Fellowship at Melbourne Law School, and a winner of the ‘Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize’ by Brandeis University, USA. Anurag contributes regularly to leading web portals on issues pertaining to constitutional law and policy.

Malavika Prasad

Advocate & Doctoral Fellow, NALSAR University of Law
Malavika Prasad is an advocate and doctoral fellow at NALSAR University of Law. Her doctoral work focuses on federalism and the Anthropocene. She has worked on both sides of the Bar, having clerked for Justice Ravindra Bhat, when he served at the Delhi High Court. She holds degrees from Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad and the University of Michigan Law School as a Grotius Fellow. 

Shruti Viswanathan

Founder, The Equals Project
Shruti Viswanathan is the founder of ‘The Equals Project’ (the.equals.project), which explores Constitutional history and nation building with children and young adults, through experiential learning. Shruti is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She has a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.