M.C. Chagla and the “nationalist” imaginations of a “political minority” in India, 1947–67

Ankit, Rakesh (2021) M.C. Chagla and the “nationalist” imaginations of a “political minority” in India, 1947–67. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 41 (3). pp. 491-509. ISSN 13602004

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This article is about some of the governmental experiences of the jurist/diplomat/minister M.C. Chagla, through which, it seeks to cast a certain light on the possibilities and limits of relations between a majority state and a minority individual, albeit of the privileged kind. Chagla’s pre-eminent presence in Bombay’s legal fraternity from 1922 and the High Court from 1941 bequeathed to him a sense of belonginess, which was largely untouched by the upheavals of 1947. His 11 years as Chief Justice, followed by five years as India’s envoy in U.S./U.K., saw him being elevated to the central cabinet, but not without a question mark at his non-party and non-majority identity. His short ministerial stint till 1967 ended over two issues of identity politics—a domestic language policy and an international crisis—providing a prism to see the coming together of competence, concerns and convictions around cooperation across parties, classes and communities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Government policy | Jawaharlal Nehru | M.C. Chagla | Partition | Party politics
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Political Science
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2021 08:21
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2022 18:14
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13602004.2021.1997274
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/500


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