Can there be real representation without reservation?

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

November 15, 2023

Can there be real representation without reservation?


This week, the water cooler conversation in courts, chambers and newsrooms like ours has been all about representation, helped along by the headlines after Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud’s remarks during his appearance at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

When CJI Chandrachud was asked about the representation of women and marginalised communities in the judiciary, he mentioned that he’d been reading the political philosopher Michael Sandel’s book The Tyranny of Merit, which details how merit-based societies fall short of addressing the structures that underpin inequality. In Tyranny, Sandel picks apart the founding myth of seemingly liberal, progressive societies across the globe: that social mobility is possible with true talent and hard work. (On a similar line, law students might find Sandel’s Harvard Law School lectures on justice particularly thought-provoking.)

Click here to read the full article published by the Supreme Court Observer on 15 November 2023.

Leena Gita Reghunath