2nd Briefing Book for Karnataka- Strengthening Communities and Building Systems

Briefing Books & Reports by Vidhi Karnataka · August 18, 2019
Author(s): Akhileshwari Reddy, Alok Prasanna, Deepika Kinhal, Divij Joshi and Shashank Atreya

We at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy present our second Briefing Book for the state of Karnataka. This is in keeping with Vidhi’s successful series of briefing books which have contained a host of ideas that have been taken up for action by a number of governmental authorities.

In this second briefing book of suggested legal changes, to strengthen communities, we have chosen three broad themes to structure our suggestions around – education, child development, and women’s empowerment. Some reforms that we suggest are incremental – amending the existing laws on public libraries and the state women’s commission. Other reforms look to build on ideas already in the public domain (rights of women farmers) or seek the creation of entirely new laws (private university regulation).

On systemic and institutional reforms, we have three broad themes– technology, urban development and governance institutions. These too consist of a combination of small and large measures that look to address existing issues (use of government land) and future problems (use of Artificial Intelligence) that the government will have to address.

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About Akhileshwari Reddy:

Akhileshwari Reddy is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Karnataka. Her main areas of work revolve around the protection of human rights and the environment. She graduated with a B.A., L.LB (Hons.) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS, Kolkata) in 2016 and went on to complete her Masters in Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2017 on the Marchant Foundation Scholarship and the LSE Master's Award. She writes regularly for the Down to Earth Magazine and has written for various journals on human rights issues in India. She is an avid reader and especially enjoys reading fantasy fiction.


About Alok Prasanna:

Alok Prasanna Kumar is Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead, Vidhi Karnataka. His areas of research include Judicial Reforms, Constitutional law, Urban Development, and Law and Technology. He graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from the NALSAR University in 2008 and obtained the BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009. He writes a monthly column for the Economic and Political Weekly and has published in the Indian Journal of Constitutional Law and National Law School of India Review apart from media outlets such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Scroll, Quint and Caravan. He has practiced in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court from the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran, and currently also co-hosts the Ganatantra podcast on IVM Podcasts.


About Deepika Kinhal:

Deepika Kinhal is a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Karnataka. Her areas of interest are judicial reforms, women and child rights, and legal-technology. Since graduating from NLSIU in 2012, she has worked at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (real estate and capital markets) and Dua Associates (litigation team). At Vidhi, she has undertaken independent and engaged projects studying court and case management systems across different levels of judicial hierarchy. Significantly, she has lead a team engaged by the J&K High Court to improve its court management systems. She considers tackling government litigation as one of the key ways of addressing judicial overload and is working with the Government of Karnataka in formulating litigation management policies for different departments. She is a co-founder of an online dispute resolution platform and has keen interest in legal-technology solutions for problems plaguing the judiciary and legal industry. She writes regularly in leading newspapers on topics related to the judiciary and women and child rights, and collaborates with other CSOs to conduct legal awareness campaigns. While not worrying about the state of the judiciary in the country, she sings and paints. She is a trained Carnatic singer with a brief stint at All India Radio and in Kannada movies.   


About Divij Joshi:

Divij Joshi is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Bengaluru. He graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, in 2016, and subsequently worked in the disputes resolution team of AZB & Partners in Mumbai. He has also worked as an independent consultant and researcher with civil society organizations, and regularly writes on topics of intellectual property rights and the information society. His areas of interest include access to knowledge, innovation and law and technology.


About Shashank Atreya:

Shashank Atreya is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Bengaluru. He is a graduate of law and business administration. He works primarily with the Karnataka Government to advice various departments in the areas of municipal governance, urban development, urban transport and education. In his past assignments, Shashank worked as an Associate with Chase-India, a public policy consulting firm in Delhi.