Rights as Logistics: Notes on the Right to Food and Food Retail Liberalization in India
The Future of Economic and Social Rights (edited by Katharine G. Young, Cambridge University Press 2019).
21 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019
Date Written: May 7, 2019
This chapter examines right-to-food jurisprudence and activism in India. When Indian jurists and policymakers recognized a right to food, they were mindful of rights critique and did not articulate a narrow juridical entitlement that an individual, with sufficient resources, could attempt to vindicate only in court. Instead, they crafted a range of directives for regulators to translate the right to food from legal enactment to effective social action through the creation of new food supply chains governed by technology-enabled logistics and audit practices. In a volume devoted to the future of social and economic rights, we explore the double-edged potential of such techniques designed to narrow the gap between aspiration and implementation. In so doing, we illustrate how legal entitlements meant to put a break on market processes simultaneously illuminate ongoing struggles over how food markets should be constituted as new economic actors vie with indigenous capital for ownership and control.
Keywords: Social and Economic Rights; Right to Food; India; Logistics; Transparency; Supermarkets
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