a1 Birkbeck College, University of London
In 2001, the People's Union for Civil Liberties submitted a writ petition to the Supreme Court of India on the “right to food.” The petitioner was a voluntary human rights organization; the initial respondents were the Government of India, the Food Corporation of India, and six state governments. The petition opens with three pointed questions posed to the court:
Acknowledgments: I am very grateful to Emma Rothschild and Chandak Sengoopta for their comments on an earlier draft. The anonymous reports from CSSH reviewers were invaluable in helping me to revise the essay; I have scarcely been able to do justice to their thoughtful critical readings. I am solely responsible for any mistakes and misunderstandings that remain.