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Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India

Kalpana Kannabiran (Editor) Ranbir Singh (Editor)
Synopsis This rare comprehensive critique of criminology in India brings together widely respected activists, advocates, bureaucrats, scholars and practitioners who share their concerns about the Indian criminal justice system through an interdisciplinary lens and discuss the need to entrench human rights in Indian polity. It is a significant step towards mapping the ways in which interdisciplinary research and human rights activism might inform legal praxis more effectively and holistically. Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India contests unproblematic assumptions of the rule of law and opens out avenues for renewed and radical study of criminal law in the country. The collection looks at criminal law from the early colonial period to the present, examining the problem of overt violence by state actors and their compliance with dominant private actors. It calls into question the denial by the state of the wherewithal for bare life, which compounds people's vulnerability to a repressive rule of law. This work is a must read for students, researchers and faculty of law, criminal law, criminology, legal history, human rights, sociology of law, political science, anthropology, social exclusion studies and colonial history. It will also be invaluable for law historians, legal scholars and policy makers, especially the judiciary.
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About the authors

Kalpana Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran is a founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Secunderabad, and teaches sociology and law at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. With Vasanth Kannabiran she has co-authored De-Eroticising Assault: Essays on Modesty, Honour and Power (2000), and translated from the original Tamil, Web of Deceit, a novel by uvalur A. Ramamirthammal (2003). She received the VKRV Rao Award for Social Science Research in 2003, for her work on teh social aspects of law.

Ranbir Singh

Group Captain Ranbir singh (Retd.), born in 1935, was commissioned in the Transport Stream of the Flying in January 1956. During his service career spanning over three decades, he has logged more than 5000 hours of flying in different types of aircrafts, and has extensively traveled in India and abroad. He was in active flying service during all the major operations since mid-fifties. He is a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He was the Chief Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Defence for the entire Eastern Sector from 1975 to 1980. He is a freelance writer who writes for various newspapers and magazines covering a variety of subjects ranging from war and human angle stories, to features on social and economic issues. He is also a book-reviewer, and has also scripted a number of television features. Other books by the Author: Rajiv Gandhi: The Man: The Pilot: The Politician; PV Narasimha Rao: The Man: The Politician – Some Problems and Issues; Profiles of Courage; Yadein (Fond Memories): In & Out of Cockpit: Potential to Performance; Footprints of Courage in the Sands of Time; War and Peace Quotes and Anecdotes; Mom Said So: Good and Gracious Living is Simply a Matter of Just Plain (Un?) Common Sense; Nonny Tales: Nani ki Kahaniyan; Panchtantra Tales (Some Selections); Operation Cactus Lily; Smile and Ponder: An Exciting Odyssey with the Lawless Laws of Life and Living Wars Fought and Lessons Not Learnt; Anecdotes from Battle Areas; Indian Defence Forces: The Turning Points; Indo-Pak Relations: Past, Present and Future; Eternal Principles of War; Marshal Arjan Singh: Life and Times; Major Defence Operations; Memorable War Stories.

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Title Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.11.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178298313
length xx+496p.