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Human Rights in India

1st Edition

Edited by Satvinder Juss


328 pages

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This volume presents an integrated collection of essays around the theme of India’s failure to grapple with the big questions of human rights protections affecting marginalized minority groups in the country’s recent rush to modernization. The book traverses a broad range of rights violations from: gender equality to sexual orientation, from judicial review of national security law to national security concerns, from water rights to forest rights of those in need, and from the persecution of Muslims in Gulberg to India’s parallel legal system of Lok Adalats to resolve disputes. It calls into question India’s claim to be a contemporary liberal democracy. The thesis is given added strength by the authors’ diverse perspectives which ultimately create a synergy that stimulates the thinking of the entire field of human rights, but in the context of a non-western country, thereby prompting many specialists in human rights to think in new ways about their research and the direction of the field, both in India and beyond.

In an area that has been under-researched, the work will provide valuable guidance for new research ideas, experimental designs and analyses in key cutting-edge issues covered in this work, such as Acid Attacks or the right to protest against the ‘nuclear’ state in India.

Table of Contents

Part One

  1. Arudra Burra - Civil Liberties in the Early Constitution: the CrossRoads and Organiser cases
  2. Rajgopal Saikumar - The Constitutional-Politics of Judicial Review and the Supreme Court’s Human Rights Discourse
  3. Surabhi Chopra - Securing Rights, Protecting the Nation?: National Security and the Indian Supreme Court
  4. Siddharth Peter de Souza - India’s Parallel Justice Systems: Engaging with Lok Adalats, Gram Nyayalayas, Nari Adalats and Khap Panchayats through human rights
  5. Part Two

  6. Satvinder S. Juss - Unconstitutionalising India’s Death Penalty
  7. Oishik Sircar - Gujarat 2002: Refracted Memories, Inadequate Images
  8. Robert Wintemute - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights in India: From Naz Foundation to Navtej Singh Johar and Beyond
  9. Sital Kalantry - Acid Attacks in India: The Case for State and Corporate Accountability for Gender-Based Crimes
  10. Part Three

  11. Raminder Kaur - The Right for Rights: The Lawful and the Lawless in India
  12. Rajshree Chandra - India’s Forest Rights Act: Righting Indigeneity, Subverting Property
  13. Philipe Cullet - The Human Right To Water – A Testing Ground For Neoliberal Policies
  14. Bhumika Modh & S. Uma Mahesh - Realising Human Rights Obligations Of The World Bank In India: A Human Rights Critique Of The World Bank Country Partnership Strategy For India (2013-17)


About the Editor

Satvinder S. Juss is a Professor of Law at King’s College London and a Barrister.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Human Rights Law

This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Gender & the Law
LAW / Public
LAW / Discrimination
LAW / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights