Rajosmita Roy is a PhD scholar of History with interests in the history of modern South Asia, imperial and gender history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, funded by the SOAS Research Studentship. She is a contributing editor for the Journal of the History of Ideas blog.
The Hindu Code Bill has traditionally been seen as a women’s bill, brought by a post-colonial government committed to social transformation and equality that came to be watered down by a more conservative legislature. In this interview, Eleanor Newbigin discusses her new book The Hindu Family and the Emergence of Modern India. In it Newbigin argues that the codification project was primarily shaped by changes in the structure of the Indian state and political economy brought about by the devolution of power and introduction of direct representation.