Professor Mohsin Alam Bhat (LLM (Yale); JSD (Yale), Associate Professor & Executive Director, Centre for Public Interest Law in JGLS, has been awarded the prestigious New India Foundation (NIF) Fellowship for the year 2021-22.
The NIF Fellowships instituted by the New India Foundation are awarded for a period of one year, to enable scholars and writers to write and publish works of non-fiction. It also includes editorial and publishing support for each project. 22 books written by fellowship winners have been published under the NIF aegis, many of these have become seminal and award-winning works on contemporary Indian history.
This year, the New India Foundation received an unprecedented number of more than 900 applications. The jury finally awarded the Fellowship to 11 applicants. The jury consisted of eminent individuals, including academics, philanthropists, public intellectuals and industrialists such as political scientist Professor Niraja Gopal Jayal, historians Dr. Ramachandra Guha and Dr. Srinath Raghavan, CEO of Pratham Education Foundation Ms. Rukmini Banerji, entrepreneur Mr. Nandan Nilekani and the Chairman of Teamlease Services Manish Sabharwal.
Professor Bhat will be working on a book project entitled: “Constitutional Culture: Muslims and Popular Constitutionalism in India”. The book will give an account of India’s Constitution in the everyday lives of its citizens. It will demonstrate how popular constitutional culture has evolved in the country, and how it transforms the practices of citizens and the way institutions interpret the constitutional tradition. The book will study the diverse Muslim social movements in independent India, to illuminate how democratic contestation over inclusive citizenship generates, deepens and advances our constitutional commitments.