‘Sunlight's the Best Disinfectant': A Review of the Right to Information Act, 2005

Delhi Law Review, 2005-2006 (II): 46-72

27 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2012 Last revised: 30 Sep 2012

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Shruti Rajagopalan

Classical Liberal Institute, NYU School of Law; Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Date Written: September 1, 2005

Abstract

An effective right to information regime needs to formulate three components: (a) an access to information policy, (b) a disclosure of information policy, and (c) an information regime. This article evaluates the newly minted Indian Right to Information Act, 2005 on these three criteria. The Right to Information Act, 2005 is a first step beginning towards bringing greater accountability and transparency in governance in India. After a detailed analysis of every clause and the history of the information regime in India; this paper suggests the changes required to fulfill Justice Brandeis’s prophecy.

Suggested Citation

Rajagopalan, Shruti, ‘Sunlight's the Best Disinfectant': A Review of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (September 1, 2005). Delhi Law Review, 2005-2006 (II): 46-72, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2137801

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