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Right to Information: Implementing Information Regime

Krishan Gopal (Author) Sarbjit Sharma (Author)
Synopsis Information is indispensable for the functioning of a true democracy. It is the currency that every citizen requires to participate in the life and governance of society. the greater the access of the citizen to information, the greater would be the responsiveness of government to community needs. The right to information has been recognized as a fundamental human right, intimately linked to respect for the inherent dignity of all human beings. No government can now deny that the public has a right to information or that fundamental principles of democracy and accountability demand that public bodies operate transparently. Today, there is an exciting global movement towards recognition of the right to information by states, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the people. In India, the right to information has been developed through diverse strands for almost the entire period of the country’s independent history. After decades of hectic lobbying, the efforts of civil society for entrenching the right to information in India were finally rewarded on 12 October 2005 with implementation of the Right to Information Act 2005. This book attempts to outline the significance of the right to information and its role in creating a better society. It tries to empower the ordinary citizens by providing authentic information of the potential of this fundamental human right, which has proved to be indispensable for the functioning of democracy, an effective antidote to corruption and as a critical factor in the socio-cultural, economic and political development. It also looks at significant developments at national and international levels, recognizing the right to information.
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About the authors

Krishan Gopal

Dr. Krishan Gopal, M.A., M.LIS., Ph.D., a practicing Librarian and Information Scientist, is currently working at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has made significant contributions to the Library Information Services in the area of research and development, documentation, etc. Dr. Gopal has a number of books to his credit which is the results of his research work of the last two decades and which have been accepted and acknowledged by the academic community. He has contributed by way of writing several articles and reviews of books in well-known journals as well as national newspapers. As a dedicated librarian, he is associated with professional organizations like the Indian Library Association and Ranganathan Research Centre. He has delivered a number of professional lectures nationwide.

Sarbjit Sharma

Dr. Sarbjit Sharma is a graduate from the University of Delhi and holds a degree in law. After his Master’s Degree in Political Science, he has done his Ph.D. in International Relations. He has been a practicing lawyer in various courts, including the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. Dr. Sharma has represented the Union Government and the Department of Customs and Central Excise in various cases relating to foreign exchange laws, contempt petitions and matters under the Consumer Protection Act. He has also dealt with matters relating to landlords/tenants, matrimonial disputes and property transfer.

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Bibliographic information

Title Right to Information: Implementing Information Regime
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Authors Press
Language: English
isbn 817273316X
length vii+320p., References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.