exclusion and inclusion of Hindu women – on the Temple Entry ban, the Supreme Court of India’s Sabarimala case.

Constitutions matter and they matter fundamentally. They have the potential to play a significant role in processes of change. They do so by way of their symbolic resonance, but also by entrenching basic rights and thus offering real avenues for contestations of power. Constitutions are fundamentally about power – laying out its distribution. Inclusion in constitutional politics gives women more power to unsettle long-standing patriarchal hierarchies in the constitutional order. Their involvement in decision making about the design of constitutional structures of power gives them the opportunity to reshape those structures in a more inclusive manner. In this paper, focusing on the Sabarimala Temple Entry judgment, I examine the place of women’s equality in the Indian Constitution as a substantive matter and how it has been interpreted by the judiciary. My aim to further develop understandings of justice that will constitutionalize women’s equality rights.