Around 50 students from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati attended the ‘Exploring Uniform Civil Code in Indian Constitutional History’ workshop conducted by the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore (CLPR) on 8th November 2017.
Vineeth Krishna began the workshop by introducing Indian Constitutional materials – Constituent Assembly Debates and Historical Constitutions – and how they were useful in making sense of contemporary political, social and legal controversies.
Kruthika R pointed out the problems of accessing the Constituent Assembly Debates and Historical Constitutions and how CLPR’s CADIndia website overcomes them.
The students began working on a worksheet - ‘Exploring Uniform Civil Code in Indian Constitutional History’. The questions were specially designed to allow students to engage with important aspects of the constitutional history of the Uniform Civil Code using the CADIndia website.
The students identified the dates on which debates around Uniform Civil Code took place, discussed biographical details of the members involved in the debate, and located key arguments.
During the discussion part of the workshop, students critically analysed arguments made in the Constituent Assembly and evaluated them on their merits while constantly referring to the contemporary discourse around the Uniform Civil Code.
At the end of the workshop, students gained insights the constitutional origins of the Uniform Civil Code and were able to appreciate the utility of constitutional history materials in analysing contemporary issues.