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7 J. Indian L. & Soc'y ix (2016)

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                     JOURNAL OF

    INDIAN LAW AND SOCIETY

Volume VII                                                         2016





                           FOREWORD

                                                            'Paayas Pandit




     The Journal of Indian Law and Society was established with the purpose
of encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship within the law and society frame-
work. The recent few years have been characterised by increased conversation
and debate on the ideas of freedom and rights. As such, we are honoured to
present this issue where the theme of rights has been examined through a mul-
titude of socially pertinent issues. The issue also contains a transcript of the
Twelfth Keshab Chandra Basu Memorial Lecture delivered by Dr. Prabhat
Patnaik, and a book review of Dr. Mrinal Satish's Discretion, Discrimination
and the Rule of Law.

      In a particularly edifying lecture, Dr. Prabhat Patnaik emphatically
argued for the recognition of a set of fundamental economic rights in India.
In doing so, he located a constitutional 'contradiction' that can be traced back
to the debates of the Constituent Assembly - while the promulgation of the
Constitution heralded equality in political life, inequality continued to define
the social and economic life of Indians. He further addressed the tendentious
relationship between democracy and neo-liberalism and how this contributes
to inequality of wealth in society. Dr. Patnaik also defends his economic rights
model against arguments based on the unfettered operation of the free market
economy and the potential of trickle-down economics.


   Paayas Pandit is a fourth year NUJS law student and served as an editor in the JILS zog-I9
   Board.

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