What was the procedure of making laws in ancient times in India?


Usually in ancient India there were overlapping laws and innumerable laws. While administering these laws, different communities had different degrees of autonomy. The punishment meted out to two people committing the same crime depended on the caste background of the criminals. People of lower castes faced stringent punishment. This procedure of laws was slowly changed during the colonial period.

There is popular opinion that British colonialists introduced rule of law in India. However this opinion is disputed by different historians as they believed the colonial laws were arbitrary and the Indian nationalists had a crucial role in developing the rule of law in British India.

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