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9 J. Indian L. & Soc'y VII (2018)

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                       JOURNAL OF

      INDIAN LAW AND SOCIETY

Volume IX                                                             2018




                            FOREWORD




     Writing a foreword for a Volume of the Journal of Indian Law and Society
in the time of a pandemic is an interesting task which gives me an opportunity
to be a little philosophical about the Journal and its aim. In recent times, when
capitalism has emerged as the sovereign ideology outlawing any other thought and
ideology, there is a concerted effort to write an obituary of social sciences. A sin-
gularity of thought process which is conducive to the market has been promoted
at the cost of marginal views. But the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the
significance of interdependence of humans, nation states and various academic
disciplines. It has also underscored the importance of interdisciplinary approaches.
While science will surely provide an answer to this global health emergency, social
sciences will remain important to point out that opaqueness, democratic deficit
and lack of fundamental freedoms breed famines and epidemics.

      The Journal of Indian Law and Society premises itself on this interdiscipli-
nary approach. It also reflects on the relationship between law and society as the
law does not work in a vacuum and society is not merely a passive recipient of the
law but also it creates and shapes the law in various forms. In this light, we pres-
ent this issue of our Journal where we have covered myriad issues which concern
law and society in various forms.

      Ditilekha Sharma explores the normativity of Indian citizenship and locus of
transgender persons within this normative structure. This normativity in the idea
of Indian citizenship has produced an exclusion of transgender persons from this
very idea of citizenship. The author asserts that is only after the NALSA judg-
ment the transgender identity is duly recognised. This judgment has also created

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