In this conversation, Suchitra Vijayan speaks to Arvind Narrain about his book India’s Undeclared Emergency: Constitutionalism and the Politics of Resistance. They touch upon the provisions in the constitution that have been interpreted to shove India into an unofficial emergency situation, reflect on how this compares to India’s emergency of the 1970s and imagine what the way forward can look like.
Arvind Narrain has been involved with research, writing and practice related to law and social concerns. He is the author of co-editor of "Law Like Love: Queer perspectives on law" as well as the co-author of "Breathing Life into the Constitution". He was also a part of the team of lawyers challenging Section 377 of the IPC right from the High Court in 2009 to the Supreme Court in 2018. Arvind is a visiting faculty at the School of Policy and Governance.