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8 J. Indian L. & Soc'y IX (2017)

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                     JOURNAL OF


Volume   VIII                                                      2017


                      VICE CHANCELLOR

      It is imperative that I begin this note by mentioning the contemporary
context in which this issue has been written-today, we witness a character-
ization of the state as one which suppresses the rights of its own people; as
one which  punishes refugees on the basis of their religious identity through
an instrument which is meant to, in fact, empower the downtrodden-the law
itself. Contemporary India is coloured with state violence and brutality against
those who seek refuge, safety and security in the country.

      It is important, however, at the same time, to not become too cynical of
the potential of the state. The state, itself very well transform into an instru-
mental of desirable action. This idea is addressed in the Editorial Note to this
Issue written by Siddharth Sonkar, the Editor in Chief, where he discusses
how  Indian migrant workers should be steered towards empowerment rather
than mere protection from abuse in Gulf countries. Thus, the state is not to be
seen merely as an instrument of action (control by the powerful) but also as an
arena of conflict without invariably predetermined outcomes. At least in liberal
democratic regimes, representation in institutions and rights of political action
are not to be dismissed as of no value even to relatively powerless. Apart from
bureaucratic action, such structures can be used to further a discourse favoura-
ble to the interests of the subordinated people.

      State oppression of its own individuals is further reflected in the inci-
dence of rape in the country and state failure to protect women against abuse

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