This opinion was published in The Economic Times on December 13, 2023.
About the Authors
Jinaly is a Senior Resident Fellow and leads Vidhi Maharashtra. Her work focuses on providing research and drafting assistance to several Ministries of the Government of India and departments of the Maharashtra State Government on legal, regulatory and governance matters. Prior to joining Vidhi, Jinaly graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the Jindal Global Law School in 2015 and worked at the leading Indian law firm S&R Associates. Thereafter, she completed an LL.M from the University of Cambridge in 2019. Beyond her areas of work at Vidhi, Jinaly is interested in history, politics, gender and sexuality. At Jindal Global Law School, she was a research assistant for the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology for three years during which time she assisted on various research projects and a book on gender non-conforming persons in India. Jinaly has also co-authored a book "Hamīñ Ast?: A Biography of Article 370", which is a constitutional history of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
Shashank is a Research Fellow at Vidhi. He works with the Climate and Ecosystem team wherein he focuses on legal and policy issues related to current government measures around climate and environment. Prior to joining Vidhi, Shashank worked as a LAMP (Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament) Fellow with a Lok Sabha MP wherein he worked on environment, disability and tech related matters. He also drafted two Private Members' Bill for the MP which were introduced in Lok Sabha. Shashank was also a Javed Abidi Fellow at NCPEDP wherein he worked on issues related to inclusivity and accessibility. His work as a Javed Abidi fellow primarily focused on the exclusion of disabled people from the political landscape. He likes to write on multiple policy related issues and his articles have regularly featured across platforms. Shashank graduated from Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University with BA LLB (IP hons) in 2021
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