Abhinav Chandrachud

in The Informal Constitution

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780198098560
Published online June 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199082971 | DOI:

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This chapter demonstrates that ‘diversity’ is a criterion for appointing judges to the Supreme Court of India, though the Indian Constitution does not require that the court’s judges be appointed by taking into account any form of diversity. In particular, four kinds of diversity are taken into account while making appointments to the Supreme Court, with varying degrees of intensity. First, an attempt is made to ensure that judges of the court represent the different geographic regions of India. Second, an attempt is made to appoint members of religious minority communities to the court. Third, an attempt is made to ensure representation to ‘backward castes’ on the court. Finally, an attempt is made to appoint women to the court, especially in more recent times. This chapter concludes by discussing the implications of these findings.

Keywords: diversity; regional representation; religion; caste; gender

Chapter.  18649 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Law

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