Racial Dichotomy to Escalate Discrimination : An Account of Legal-historiography in Colonial India

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
Journal / PublicationJahangirnagar University Journal of Law
Online published30 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


The enlightenment era of modern Europe can be seen as the repercussion and efforts to exterminate the racial discriminatory policies and exploiting strategies throughout their colonization projects. However, despite the emerging position of liberal democracy in Britain, they imposed imperial despotism by the means of racial dichotomy and discriminatory approaches in colonial India which they validated under the guise of racial superiority. To reinforce the racial discrimination, different forms of classes and discriminatory laws and policies were constructed methodically by the white British colonizers. Positivist role of the colonial laws, therefore, affected the positions and entitlements of native Indians in commerce, labour, employment and related sectors. The colonizers, eventually, aimed to orchestrate the top-down formula between them and natives on the basis of their common dividing nod ‘self and others’. The research, primarily, traced the legal aspects accounted for the deliberate discrimination in the aforesaid sectors, but the academic research harvested the issues in relation to the historiographic account. To go through the projection of racial dichotomy and discrimination, the methods of the research emphasized on the socio-economic aspects and the legal instruments that were deployed to increase the menace.

Research Area(s)

  • Racial dichotomy, discrimination, colonial India, desperate discrimination and impact, Critical Race Theory