This opinion was published in The Economic Times on May 26, 2022.
About the Authors
Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including the B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court and the Constitution in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book “Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary” (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College.
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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