Personal Summary: Judicial Activism In India

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Law is one subject that I have passionately fostered in my life. My father being a leading constitutional lawyer, I was introduced to law in my childhood itself. As a result of my interactions with him about his cases, I gradually developed an academic curiosity about constitutional law even before I joined a law school. For my undergraduate study of law, I was fortunate to gain admission to the reputed National Law University, Jodhpur in 2010. Motivated by the previously accumulated curiosity, I was enthusiastic to learn constitutional law ever since my first year of law school. Fortunately, the highly experienced Prof. K.V.Mohanan taught two courses on constitutional governance over the first two years itself. His specialist lectures made…show more content…
I also wrote seven research papers and presented them at prominent national and international conferences to ensure that my views are heard more widely. Moreover, valuable feedback on my work from esteemed participants at such conferences helped me understand different legal perspectives. Within constitutional law, my major research focus has been on principles of judicial adjudication and other issues relating to the Indian judiciary. Notably, my article ‘Judicial Activism in India: Is it Against the Flow of Democracy?’ was selected as the only student-authored chapter in the edited book ‘Democracy in India: Current Debates and Emerging Challenges’ (2015, forthcoming). This article analysed the importance of judicial restraint in the context of adjudicating policy questions and suggested a more righteous form of judicial activism. But the most academically rich work that I have ever written is the research paper ‘Undemocratic Nature of Judicial Process in India: Reconciling Constitutional Theories and the Reality’. This paper critically analysed the nature of judicial process involved in 27 landmark judgments of the Indian Supreme Court since 1950. When this paper was selected for presentation at the 1st Constitutional law Scholars Forum organised in Orlando,…show more content…
Most importantly, I was selected as a regular contributor to the blogs of distinguished law journals like the International Journal of Constitutional law and the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal. My work experience spanning more than a year at these journals helped me explore constitutional law further with a comparative lens. During my stint as a Research Assistant to Mr. Richard Albert (Associate Professor, Boston College Law School), I prepared a comprehensive 5000-word note on the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Further, upon invitation by the Model Governance Foundation to speak at the Webinar on Research Methodology, I discussed effective strategies for writing research papers with junior law students. Alongside my academic activities, I was instrumental in establishing the journal ‘Comparative Constitutional Law and Administrative Law Quarterly’ in my law school. I worked at the journal for three years as an Associate Editor for the first issue and later as the Managing Editor. Such an extensive editorial experience aided me to familiarise with constitutional law across jurisdictions as well as diverse styles of legal literature. However, I undertook the most gratifying assignment when I was appointed by the law school faculty panel as a Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law in my final year. During this tenure, I

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