Subhajit Debnath

Subhajit received an LLM in Constitutional and Administrative Law from Gujarat National Law University and a BA LLB from Sikkim University, where he earned a Silver Medal. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at Tamil Nadu National Law University, where he taught Administrative Law. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, Great Britain, and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, Switzerland. His areas of interest include Law and Society, Constitutional Law, and the Sikkim Himalaya. As a Samvidhaan Fellow, Subhajit intends to study and understand how the Constitution of India transformed Sikkim through the prism of Article 371F. Sikkim is a Special Category State of India having a distinct identity within the Union. Article 371F displays the de jure asymmetric federalism of India. This study will reflect Sikkim’s constitutional democratic experience against India’s evolving constitutional and social environment since its absorption in 1975. Furthermore, the study will explore how to constitutionalize development in Sikkim while preserving, protecting, and defending the ethos of Article 371F in letter and spirit.