This project seeks to understand the role of law in the fashioning of modern ethno-democracies. It seeks to use India as a case study to examine the conduct of law in its various modes – constitutional, exceptional and extra-legal. As “rule of law” mutates into “rule by law”, it becomes important to understand how the world’s “largest democracy” becomes smaller. In particular, Chandra's focus reflects on the role of nationalism and the diminishing space for civic imaginations.
This fellowship is a continuation of the residency in spring of 2020 that had to be interrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This Fellowship was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be continued in the fall of 2021.