This volume attempts to express the opinions of people whose voices were not very prominent in theoretical debates on justice and its practical implications. Their perspectives on justice are contrasted with mainstream conceptions of justice, whose problematic representativeness for India today is thereby interpreted. Both abstract universalism and relativism lack a common point of reference to assess relevance and adequacy of a given conception of justice. Neither unaffected universalism nor relativism defined by traditional norms turns is sustainable. The contributors offer a concept of 'internal universalism' as an alternative to unaffected universalism.
Combining various forms and stages of 'reflective equilibrium' as conceived by John Rawls, this framework provides us with the necessary reference point to assess the adequacy as proposed in this book and engage in a comprehensive dialogue on questions of justice.
|Natural Inequality: Conceptualizing Justice in Brahmanical Discourses||Kunal Chakrabarti|
|Justice and Political Authority in Medieval Indian Islam||Najaf Haider|
|Traditional Conceptions of Justice in Christianity||Gerhard Kruip|
|World Society and Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Perspective||Michael Dusche|
|Poetic and Social Justice: Some Reflections on the Premchand-Dalit Controversy||Alok Rai|
|Representation and Testimony: Anand`s Novels and the Problem of Justice||Udaya Kumar|
|Slum Development as a Justice Forum||Roma Chatterjee|
|Environment and Justice: The `Public` Purpose of Water||Satyajit Singh|
|Class, Democracy and Conceptions of Justice in India||Vidhu Verma|
|Tribe and Justice||Virginius Xaxa|