This opinion was published in Hindustan Times on August 07, 2018.
About the Authors
Damini is a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Karnataka. She primarily handles engaged/commissioned projects from various ministries, statutory authorities and regulators, where she provides legal research and drafting support at various stages of law-making. Damini works on a variety of legal and regulatory matters and allied issues in public policy. Prior to joining Vidhi, Damini worked at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and thereafter at Tuli & Co where she focused extensively on insurance regulatory advisory (non-contentious) work, product development and general corporate matters. She has also undertaken policy work and advised on several other regulatory issues arising under the foreign contribution laws, labeling rules of packaged commodities, and law governing drugs and cosmetics in India. She has also worked as a legal consultant to the Central Information Commission and advised on various issues arising under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Damini graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (NUJS) in 2008 with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) and obtained her LL.M. degree in regulatory laws and policy from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2013.
Lalit Panda is a graduate of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar and has been working in the Public Law team at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi since 2017. Prior to joining Vidhi, he worked briefly as a Consultant with the 21st Law Commission of India. At Vidhi, he has worked in the broad areas of law and technology, regulation and constitutional law, providing legal and policy research on subjects such as data protection, higher education, election law, and fiscal federalism. As a Samvidhaan Fellow, Lalit aims to conduct inter-disciplinary research into the equal protection guarantee in the Indian Constitution, examining a range of recent and long-standing controversies regarding the right to equality through the lens of Law & Economics. Applying transaction cost analysis as well as insights from other disciplines regarding the significance of uncertainty, he hopes to develop new methods of constitutional design and interpretation related to reasonable classification in laws, disparate impact, and the design of affirmative action programmes, amongst other such subjects.
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