About the Editors and Authors


Harish Narasappa is a co-founder of DAKSH. He is also a lawyer and the founding partner of Samvad Partners. He practises in Bengaluru.

Shruti Vidyasagar is a lawyer and editor. She pursues a varied legal practice in Bengaluru. She also edits books and journals on law, society, development, and management.


Alok Prasanna Kumar is a lawyer and Senior Resident Fellow with the Judicial Reform Initiative at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy based in Delhi.

Anupama Hebbar is a partner at Keystone Partners, Bengaluru. She practises in the courts at Bengaluru.

Aparna Chandra is Assistant Professor of Law and Research Director at the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance at National Law University, Delhi. Aparna specialises in constitutional law, gender and the law, and judicial process reform.

Arun Kumar K. is a founding partner of CrestLaw Partners, a leading law firm in Bengaluru. He has practised extensively in the courts for more than 20 years on civil, real estate, corporate, commercial, construction, and engineering contract–related matters.

Arun Sri Kumar is a founder partner at Keystone Partners, a specialist litigation-focused law firm with offices in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and New Delhi. He practises primarily in the High Court of Karnataka and the civil courts of Bengaluru.

Ashwini Obulesh is a lawyer, who has worked with Samvad Partners, Bengaluru. She has been involved with the National Law School of India University’s Legal Services Clinic and Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access programmes.

Atul Kaushik is a civil servant, presently serving as Joint Secretary in the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law, Government of India. As the Mission Leader of the e-Courts Mission Mode Project of the Government of India, he is involved in facilitating the information and communication technology (ICT) enablement of district and subordinate courts in the country.

Chandan Gowda is a Professor of Sociology at the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. His research interests include social theory, Indian normative traditions, caste, and Kannada literature and cinema.

Gautam Patel is a sitting judge of the High Court of Bombay in Mumbai. Prior to this, he practised in Mumbai, working on commercial, corporate, and civil litigation, as well as several environmental public interest litigation cases. Justice Patel has previously served as a trustee on several public charitable trusts and foundations on education, environment, and rights of the hearing-impaired.

Kavya Murthy is a research associate at DAKSH, analysing the sociology of the Indian judiciary. She has a master’s degree in sociology.

Kishore Mandyam is a co-founder of DAKSH and the chief executive officer of PK4 Software, Bengaluru. He has over 24 years of experience in the software industry.

Krithika Gururaj is a student of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her area of specialisation is development policy. She has previously interned with DAKSH.

M.V. Sundararaman is one of the founding partners of CrestLaw Partners, a leading law firm based in Bengaluru. In a career spanning over 20 years, Sundar has been involved in civil and corporate litigation, including arbitrations.

Raju Ramachandran is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He was Additional Solicitor General of India during 2002–2004. He has been appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in several cases.

Ramya Sridhar Tirumalai is an associate at DAKSH, working on legal and empirical research. She has a law degree from the School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru.

Sandeep Suresh is a lawyer. He graduated from National Law University, Jodhpur, India in May 2015.

Shiva Hatti is a lawyer and researcher based in Bengaluru. He graduated from University Law College, Bengaluru.

Surya Prakash B.S. is the programme director at DAKSH. He is a qualified chartered accountant with more than 14 years of experience in handling tax functions of large global companies.

Varuni Mohan is a lawyer. She works with CrestLaw Partners, Bengaluru, and is a member of the litigation and dispute resolution team, appearing regularly before the High Court of Karnataka, district courts, and several other fora in Bengaluru.

Vasujith Ram is a student at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata. He serves as the student chief editor of the Journal of Indian Law and Society, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal at NUJS.

Yashas C. Gowda is a student of the MA in public policy programme at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.