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The State, Democracy and Anti-terror Laws in India

Kumar Singh, Ujjwal

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ISBN 10: 0761935185 / ISBN 13: 9780761935186
Published by SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd, 2007
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Title: The State, Democracy and Anti-terror Laws in...

Publisher: SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Publication Date: 2007

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Laws like the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) are enacted to address what the state describes as extraordinary situations and put in place exceptions to the ordinary legal and judicial procedures. By examining public debates surrounding extraordinary laws like POTA and the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) and also specific cases, trials and judgements under the Acts, the author

- argues that extraordinary laws have ramifications for people’s lives, political institutions, the rule of law and democratic functioning;
- shows how such laws assume ‘normalcy’ and acquire a place of permanence in state practices; and
- examines the ways in which such extraordinary laws manifest dominant configurations of political power and ideology.

While exploring the unfolding of POTA in specific contexts, the book shows how the law was enmeshed in the politics of Hindutva, electoral and coalition politics, centre-state relations, the politics of repression and reconciliation against nationality struggles, and issues of poverty and development.

About the Author:

Ujjwal Kumar Singh is a Reader in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi. He was earlier a Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi. He obtained his Masters degree from Delhi University, and PhD from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has written and published extensively on laws and institutions, electoral governance and issues concerning democratic rights. His articles have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, Diogenes, Scienza & Politica, Ethnic Studies Report, Contemporary India and Indian Journal of Human Rights. He is the author of the books Political Prisoners in India (Oxford University Press, 1998, paperback 2001) and The State, Democracy and Anti-Terror Laws in India (Sage, 2007) and the co-editor of Towards Legal Literacy: An Introduction to the Law in India (Oxford University Press, 2008).

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