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Talha Abdul Rahman

Advocate, New Delhi

Talha Abdul Rahman graduated from Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad in 2008. He was awarded Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarship to pursue Bachelor of Civil Laws at Oxford University in 2008-2009. In 2012, he assisted Justice J.S. Verma Committee on amendments to Criminal Law. He presently practices before the Supreme Court.
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Dismantling Democracy: How The Supreme Court Deprived The Poor Of Their Right To Fight Elections

The Indian Supreme Court, on 10 December, 2015 -- World Human Rights Day, ironically -- rendered a decision in Rajbala vs. Haryana, and upheld the requirement introduced by a state legislature that in order to contest elections at village level, the candidate must have passed "matriculate examination", among other conditions. Since a democratic form of governance is a basic feature of the Constitution, it ought to follow that right to vote or contest election, even if provided by statutes is really in the realm of essential Constitutional rights.
03/02/2016 8:18 AM IST