The Verma Committee report, 2013
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The introduction to the Report of the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law January 23, 2013, set up in the wake of the country-wide protest against the hideous gang rape of a young woman inside a Delhi bus in December 2012, recalls the pledge of the Constitution adopted by India in 1949. The Report seized its moment to gesture at the point that the making of the state or the nation is inseparable from questions of gender. It is futile to try and seal off a political sphere from the civil society or from cultural practices. The notion of a nation always already in the making is reliant on the fugitive character of culture, always caught on the hop between contesting claims. The ideas of jati (nation) and rashtra (state) are, in the long run, dependent on what the desh (country) and samaja (society/community) make of the concept of lokatantra (republic/democracy). The paper concludes by arguing that it might be useful to recall Rabindranath Tagore’s suspicions about the imagined ‘nation’ held together more by chains of servitude than bonds of belonging.