New Delhi: Rohan Alva’s ‘Liberty After Freedom’ explores the origins and evolution of what is today considered the most important fundamental right in the Indian Constitution – the right to life and personal liberty guaranteed by Article 21.
Drawing extensively from the Constituent Assembly debates, and a wide array of scholarly literature, the book questions long-held beliefs and sheds new and important light on the fraught history of due process and Article 21.
The right to life and personal liberty says the author “is that one fundamental right which impacts the life of every single Indian, and its growing salience is represented by the fact that in recent years this right has become part of our daily conversations, in terms of the recognition of the right to privacy and the decriminalization of homosexuality”.
“The story of how this right came to be and the women and men who shaped its destiny deserves to be told. Exploring its origins informs us not only of the controversies which arose at the time the Indian Constitution was crafted but holds important lessons for the progressive realization of this right in contemporary India,” Alva adds.