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The Judiciary and Governance in India

Madhav Godbole (Author)

Absolute power is an anathema to our constitution, even if it is to be wielded by the judiciary. But, India is witnessing a very unusual phenomenon, not visualised by the founding fathers of the constitution, of judiciary becoming not just the central pillar but the only pillar of our democracy. No great wisdom or foresight is necessary to see the instability and unsustainability, of this architectural marvel. The Indian judiciary,  which is the world's most powerful judiciary, has no doubt earned its place in the sun as the balancing wheel and fulcrum of the constitution. But, in the recent past, its influence and charter has spread to areas not envisaged by the constitution, leading to government by judiciary and major confrontations with the Parliament and the executive. Not surprisingly, it has become highly controversial. Equally important are the persistent concerns about the slow and faltering pace of judicial reforms, horrendous pendency of over three crore court cases, dilatory procedures and high transaction costs. Counter-balancing Independence and accountability of the judiciary is yet another area of prime concern. Commissions of inquiry which are invariably presided over by the judges of the superior courts have come in disrepute in a number of cases and this important instrument of public accountability has fallen in disuse and got blunted. The book the Judiciary and Governance in India deals with important issues. Based on extensive and in-depth research, the book comprehensively brings out the diverse and wide ranging concerns of the civil society and makes several major recommendations. Written in a lucid and highly readable style, this scholarly work is a must read for persons in various walks of life legal profession, legislators, political leaders, policy makers, media, academics and social activists.

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About the author

Madhav Godbole

Madhav Godbole (b. 1936), MA in Development Economics (Williams College, Mass., USA) and MA and PhD in Economics (University of Bombay) joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1959. His earlier assignments included secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas; and secretary, Urban Development in Government of India; and principal finance secretary and chairman, Maharashtra State Electricity Board in the Government of Maharashtra. He has also served a five year stint (1980-85) in the Asian Development Bank, Philippines.

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Title The Judiciary and Governance in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.04.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129114303
length xv+646p.