This document was prepared by PUDR on the occasion of Dr. Ramanthan Memorial Meeting, dated 6th September 2008.
The last twenty years have witnessed a sustained attack on the working class and workers’ rights in India by both capital and the state. Certain practices and tendencies became more obvious by the 1990s. Most of them were not new, but the fact is they have been increasing, intensifying, happening together at one time, and gaining legitimacy. In their gaining legitimacy, the judiciary has played a dubious part. It is in the broader context of this class attack on workers and workers rights that the role of the judiciary is being played out.