This essay was published in “Human Rights, Criminal Justice and Constitutional Empowerment” by C. Raj Kumar.
With a prolegomenon by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, this new edition explores how approaches to social justice, governance, and criminal justice in India have been influenced and defined by concepts of human rights and the directive principles of state policy of the Indian Constitution through the agency of the Supreme Court. It also examines the extent of constitutional empowerment that has been achieved in India and the relevance of the experience of other countries in understanding the process of promoting constitutionalism in India. The nineteen essays by distinguished scholars deal with, among other issues ,judicial responses to human rights violations and their relevance in transforming Indian society, the role of human rights in the development of constitutionalism in India, the horizontal applications of human rights, the relationship between freedom of the press and human rights, and the impact of corruption on human rights.