Conceptualizing jurisprudence from decolonial perspective: A critical appraisal
Author(s): Sachin Sharma
Abstract: The expression Jurisprudence means philosophy of legal knowledge. It is neutral expression that theorise about law. But the expression is constructed from different perspectives, where one dominating perspective overrules to other. This paper investigates one such dominating perspective of law named colonialization. Because of colonial mind setup, our ancient values, cultures and knowledge (legal) has made obsolete. It was considered barbarian and outsider. These indigenous values and knowledge are called decolonial jurisprudence. It is a counter narrative towards colonial set-ups. Accordingly, it deconstructs the established colonial narratives about justice, freedom and equality. It promotes diversity in expression and knowledge. By following decolonial theory one may deconstruct eugenics centric body and sexuality discourse. The paper is theoretical in nature, and aims at investigating decolonial ancient Indian values of law-justice and related interpretations. Paper establishes the fact that decolonial jurisprudence is not a revenge towards colonial discourses, rather it is about understanding and appreciating diversity of knowledge and tries to counter the hegemonic perspective of colonial behaviour.