International Workshop: Religion and the Courts in India and South Asia

Temple representatives with a lawyer

Priest & Village Head with Lawyer. Shimla, 2012, D.Berti

The ANR Programme “Just-India” (Justice and Governance in Contemporary India and South Asia –, supported by the Centre for Himalayan Studies, organizes a two day international workshop in Paris on June 18-19, 2012, for debating about how Courts in South Asia deal with religion, in practice.

In the case of India, the Constitution provides the framework for total secularism; however, it is not without some contradictions inherited from the nation’s history, and the state is directly involved in various ways in the direct administration of different religious institutions. Moreover, the Constitution recognizes a plurality of personal codes, according to religious affiliation. By focusing on the courts’ action and decisions, on the arguments, on the vocabulary in which they are couched, on the legal strategies used by the parties concerned and by the Court, on pressure from society, on the social and political stakes involved in the decisions, or on the long-term consequences of rulings, the aim of this workshop is to reach a more comprehensive understanding of the role of the judiciary in the effective implementation of the Constitution’s secular ideal.

[9/6/2012: Click here for the abstracts.]

For more information:


Gilles Tarabout: gtarabout(at)

Raphaël Voix: raphael.voix(at)

Daniela Berti: dberti(at)

Cite this blog post
Gilles Tarabout (2012, April 17). International Workshop: Religion and the Courts in India and South Asia. The Himalayas and beyond. Retrieved June 20, 2024, from

Gilles Tarabout

Gilles Tarabout is a social and cultural anthropologist, Senior Fellow ('Directeur de recherche') at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is currently the head of the LESC ("Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative"), a research centre in anthropology jointly funded by the CNRS and the University of Paris West -Nanterre. He was previously a member of the Centre for Indian and South Asian Studies (CEIAS) from 1986 to 2009. His research focuses on Indian society with special reference to Kerala. He co-organizes with Dr. Daniela Berti the international programme "Just-India" - Justice and Governance in India and South Asia, funded by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche).

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