This week, we do something different. Based on Anuj Bhuwania’s The Case That Felled A City, we bring you a two part series about PILs or Public Interest Litigations. Over these two articles, we’ll summarize Bhuwania’s epic tale of how one PIL allowed a judge to essentially transform Delhi completely. And when we say an epic tale, we mean an epic tale. It’s got twists and turns and twists again. If you live in Delhi, you might’ve lived through the whole thing. But for people elsewhere, it’s a real eye-opener.
The thing you need to know about PILs is that they specifically allow people who aren’t directly affected by an issue to bring it to Court. Like the name suggests, it just need to be a case that is vaguely for the “public interest”. Lots of environmental issues have been brought to court through PILs. And in many of these instances, judges have been instrumental in enforcing the law and preserving vital natural resources. But PILs have also led to some asbolutely arbitrary decisions and terrible conclusions. Read Part 1 to find out more
On the site, we also have another look behind the curtain into our processes. We write about what we’ve learned about making videos
after 2 months and a lot of mishaps and mistakes. We’re still learning and hopefully this helps other learn with us!
India Ink Team
PS. Our breakdown in scheduling is hopefully over now. We’ll be coming to you every Tuesday afternoon from next week.