chapter  1
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Radicalism, violence and the task of governing

From ideals and ideas of governance we move on to frameworks of governance. In fact most of what is known as restorative exercises in global governance involving restoration of state and structures of government undertakes as the first exercise the task of training police, drafting a constitution, setting up independent courts and introducing criminal and civil law manuals. This chapter shows how the liberal and colonial practices of law-making were deeply intermeshed, so much so that post-colonial governance today cannot forge its tools without depending on the liberal-colonial heritage of law and law-making. This colonial-liberal heritage of law-making as part of governance found a profound expression in the Act of Evidence. The Commission has stated in its report to the Law Ministry ten years back: Law of Evidence is one of the most important laws administered by our civil and criminal courts.