Casting spectres

Peter Goodrich

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Megalithic monuments to colonial rule, the High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras tower over their respective cityscapes. What do such anachronic and anachronistic architectural presences mean for the populace? How do these looming stones inform the indigenous practice of contemporary law? What sensibility of jurist and the juridical do these lapidary structures inculcate, impose or instil? For Khorakiwala, their khora, tone or reverberations imbued her life as a student, and formed her sense of legal identity and identification, even generating a sense of pride and belonging. When she returns to study these reliquary juggernauts, these chattering anglophonic stones, these vestigial turrets and towers of imperial presence that continue in umbrageous inhabitation of independent India, she confronts resistance and exclusion while also, through meticulously detailed observation, learns to see the markings of local contestation that challenge the immediate sense of external imposition. The buildings are haunted by other spectres and even in their spatial organization and plastic expressions also relay the figures and mythemes of a resurgent sense Indian lore and law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-317
JournalLaw and Humanities
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022


  • anthropology
  • Architecture
  • images and sensibilities
  • lawscapes
  • legal education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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