Courting the People | March 15 I 6.30 pm

Alok Prasanna Kumar in conversation with Anuj Bhuwania, author of

‘Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post Emergency India’

 Wednesday, 15th March, 2017 at 6.30 pm @ ALF

About the Book 

The book explores the political role that Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has come to play in contemporary India. It revisits the circumstances and manoeuvres that led to the rise of PIL and traces its political journey since then, arguing that the enormous powers that PIL confers upon the appellate judiciary stems from its populist character.  Courting the People examines PIL as part of a larger trend towards legal informalism in post-Emergency India. Casting a critical eye at these institutional reforms that aimed to adapt the colonial legal inheritance to ‘Indian realities’, this book looks at the challenges posed by self-consciously culturalist juridicial innovations like PIL to ideas of fairness in adjudication as well as democratic politics.

About the Speakers

Anuj Bhuwania

Anuj Bhuwania teaches at South Asian University, New Delhi. He studied law in National Law School of India University, Bangalore and School of Oriental and African Studies, London before doing his PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University in New York. He has held visiting positions at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies,University of Goettingen, the Centre for the Study of DevelopingSocieties (CSDS), New Delhi and the Centre for the Study of Law andGovernance (CSLG) in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, published inDecember 2016 by Cambridge University Press, is his first book.


Alok Prasanna Kumar

Alok Prasanna Kumar is an advocate currently based in Bengaluru. He practised in the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court from the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran, Senior Advocate when the latter was Additional Solicitor General and later, Solicitor General of India. He was also Senior Resident Fellow of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and has worked with the Union Government and Law Commission in that capacity. He has taught short courses in National Law University Delhi and the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. He has  also been a columnist for the Economic and Political Weekly writing for the “Law and Society” column and writes regularly on issues relating to the law and legal institutions for  various outlets.