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Courts, Civil Society and Public Sphere

With the help of public interest litigation cases regarding environmental problems of Calcutta, the article locates the city's problems of governance not so much in civil society as in the public sphere. Though the city does possess a criss-crossing structure of social web independent of the state, its citizens lack democratic trust in government agencies which remain inaccessible and unaccountable to their grievances. In such circumstances, the judiciary happens to be the only arm of government, providing rudimentary relief to citizens. Given the intransparency of the doings of other government agencies, the judiciary remains the only recourse to compel these agencies to function responsibly and thus stage a semblance of public sphere.

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