Name of Faculty: - Dr. Kalindi Kokal
Designation at DYPU: -Associate Professor
Brief Introduction: -
Dr. Kalindi Kokal holds doctorate from the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and she is particularly interested in how laws unfold at their interface with class, caste, gender and local socio-cultural values and within the broader influences of space, place, time and emotion. Kokal works within the disciplines of sociology, law and anthropology. Her research interests include Legal Pluralism, Legal Consciousness, Informal Governance and Conflict Resolution.
Kokal is the author of State Law, Dispute Processing and Legal Pluralism: Unspoken Dialogues from Rural India (Routledge 2020) which is an ethnographic study of dispute processing mechanisms in rural India. Kokal argues that in the specific contexts of the two Hindu communities she studied, an experience of interconnectedness at the level of the self and the community and an instinct of self-preservation lay at the core of all dispute-processing activities. Kokal’s work explores how village, birāderi (kinship-based) and neighbourhood pancāyats (community-based councils that handle dispute processing and other administrative activities), ‘barefoot lawyers’, and religious and supernatural elements operate as non-state actors in dispute processing within these village communities.
Kokal’s most recent project examines practices of informal governance in police stations, particularly in the context of conflict resolution. The project is located in Mumbai, India.