Contested Nation

Suno India

All Episodes

Jan 26, 2023


On 26 July 1947, the kingdom of Manipur passed the Manipur Constitution Act. The Constitution was drafted over a 2 month period by a 15 member Constitution Making Committee. However, about two years later this...

63 mins

Jan 17, 2023

The Aundh Experiment

In the princely state of Aundh in Maharashtra, 1938 was a rather extraordinary year. The ruler of Aundh, Raja Bhawanrao, stepped down and turned to Mahatma Gandhi to help implement a  Swaraj Constitution in the...

69 mins

Nov 30, 2022

Citizenship 2: Assam and the Electoral Roll

In our first episode on citizenship, we focused on the definition of citizenship being discussed within the Assembly. While the Constituent Assembly was still drafting the clauses on citizenship, it tasked BN R...

61 mins

Oct 28, 2022

Citizenship 1: Partition and Belonging

In April, 1947, the Constituent Assembly of India was discussing the provisions for citizenship and the debates were largely on administrative points. This was all set to change post the partition. In the wake...

58 mins

Sep 29, 2022

The Other Assembly

The Partition of the sub-continent saw the birth of two different countries, two Constituent Assemblies and two populations with their own set of aspirations. In episode 3 of Contested Nation, we talk about the...

63 mins

Sep 07, 2022

Love and Desire

In 2017, when Hadiya married Shafin Jahan, after having converted from Hinduism to Islam, the Kerala High Court vehemently challenged the legitimacy of the marriage. They retorted that it had occurred without h...

37 mins

Aug 24, 2022


In the winter of 2019, across India there were shouts of revolution and freedom, of the Constitution and secularism, of the freedom of speech and the right to protest non-violently. Not too long after, there we...

46 mins

Aug 14, 2022

Contested Nation Trailer

Did you know that some members of the Assembly wanted to include a Fundamental Right to choose your partner? That the city-state of Aundh was the first Constitutional republic in India? Why was a report on the...

2 mins