Author Harish Narasappa talks about his book 'Rule of law: A Quest for Reason'. It envisages, inter alia, participatory lawmaking, just and certain laws, a bouquet of human rights, certainty and equality in the application of law, accountability to law, an impartial and non-arbitrary government, and an accessible and fair dispute resolution mechanism. This work’s primary goal is to understand and explain the obvious dichotomy that exists between theory and practice in India’s rule of law structure.
The book discusses the contours of the rule of law in India, the values and aspirations in its evolution, and its meaning as understood by the various institutions, identifying reason as the primary element in the rule of law mechanism. It later examines the institutional, political, and social challenges to the concepts of equality and certainty, through which it evaluates the status of the rule of law in India.
Harish Narasappa is the founding partner of Samvad Partners, a pan-India law firm and co-founder of DAKSH, an NGO. He has a BA, LL B (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, (1996), a BCL from Oxford University where he was a Radhakrishnan Scholar in 1997 and a BA (Philosophy) from the University of London in 2008.
Ritin Rai practices independently in the courts and tribunals in New Delhi, with a focus on commercial and corporate disputes. He was awarded the Radhakrishnan-British Chevening scholarship in 1997 to study at the University of Oxford where he obtained a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree. He thereafter completed his LLM from Harvard Law School.
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