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Introduction – Indian law in the 1980s and 1990s

In the past few decades, especially after the mid-1970s, Indian law has developed at an amazing speed and in very interesting ways which have remained largely unexplored in academic writing. To some extent, such developments have even remained unnoticed, as the image of an unwieldy, non-functioning Indian colossus remains entrenched in the public mind, while some scholars seem to shy away from tackling the complexities of modern India. Somehow, the assumption that nothing works in Indian law has meant that academics in various disciplines have found it easy to disregard the remarkable legal developments that have taken place in India during the 1980s and 1990s. Legal academics, on the other hand, are rare creatures, since almost every Indian law graduate cannot wait to enter the profession and thereafter pays scant attention to the academic development of our field of study. Professional interests and concerns seem not to match those of academic analysis. Thus, for various reasons, writing an analytical book on Indian law these days is a daunting task, hindered further by the new constraints placed on full-time academics by their resource-hungry institutions.