CBPS organised a talk by Prof. Abhayraj Naik on 16 November 2018. The title of his talk was, ‘The New Politics of Justice in India – Reflections on the Journey of the ‘Right to Privacy’’.
He is a Bengaluru-based researcher and consultant in the fields of culture, education, environment, development, governance, justice, law, policy, and urban planning. His ongoing independent research focuses on animal welfare, environmental regulation, justice education, mobility, privacy, urban governance, and transformation theory. He is currently a member of the Board of Studies for Urban Studies at the Bengaluru Central University and he was formerly affiliated with the Environment Support Group, Bangalore. He is also currently a visiting faculty member at the National Law School of India University, and he has earlier taught at Azim Premji University, OP Jindal Global University, and the Minnesota Studies in International Development: India Program. He holds degrees from the National Law School of India University and Yale Law School.
He briefly provided a synoptic overview of the ongoing journey of privacy rights in India including the recent ‘right to privacy’ and ‘Aadhar’ judgments of the Supreme Court of India (August 2017 and September 2018) and the new draft data protection bill (July 2018). The primary focus of the talk and discussion was a series of tentative broader reflections on what this as-yet unfinished journey of privacy rights generally indicates for possibilities of justice and democracy in India. Provocatively labelled as ‘the new politics of justice in India’, these reflections took us to the heart of ongoing debates on institutional governance, neoliberal capitalism, technological and scientific policy, justice claim-making, citizenship, and interstitial democratic reform.