Lakshmi Arya is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. She has recently submitted a doctoral dissertation on rape laws and trials in colonial times (British India and princely Mysore, 1860 – 1947) at the history department in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests lie in the field of gender, state and the law.
Narayan Chandra Sarangi is a Postgraduate in Law from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar –Orissa. Presently employed in a nationalized Bank as a middle management functionary in Legal Department, he was a faculty at University Law College, Bhubaneswar and a practicing advocate at Orissa High Court. He is also a research scholar in Law at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar –Orissa. His area of interest includes Labour and Industrial Law, Intellectual Property Law and Laws relating to Displacement. He has published a number of articles in various journals; presented papers at various UGC sponsored seminars and designed study materials for 5 year LLB course. His published articles include Intellectual Property Law and Banking Law.
Som Raj Choudhury is a student of law at University College of Law, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. His primary interests are to understand the relationship between law and governance. He seeks to do this by working on the policies developed by both Central and State Government, and how their implementation benefit the people, and becomes an welfare instrument for the society at large. He has undertaken a project on the study of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) programme and its implementation and the success of this project at the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat levels. He has presented a paper on “Geography of Crime and Justice” at the 14th International Annual Conference on Criminology held at Sacramento, California. At present, he is working on the theme of Resettlement and Rehabilitation with UNDP.
Vivek is an undergraduate student at the National Law School, Bangalore. His area of interest is public law and jurisprudence and in this context, the interlinkages between law, language and the state. Kalyani is also an undergraduate student at National Law School, Bangalore and she is, at this time, attempting to study the place of languages in the law and looking at contrasting legal interpretations in different settings – the courtroom and the classroom, for example. Both of them subscribe to the view that there is nothing as practical as a good theory.