To what extent have the promises of justice, equality and liberty, enshrined in the Indian Constitution, been fulfilled 60 years after it was enacted by the Constituent Assembly?

A book of 33 essays that seeks answers to this question is being brought out by the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, National Law School of India University, here on Tuesday.

The essays in the collection, titled ‘Samvidhana 60 – Samajika Nyaya Mattu Karnataka', approach this question, especially from the point of view of the deprived castes and classes. It asks if the mandate of the Constitution has indeed reached the poorest of poor, and probes reasons for the growing disenchantment with the system.

The collection has essays by writers and intellectuals from Karnataka and elsewhere, including Devanur ahadeva, Rahamath Tarikere, Siddalingaiah, Banu Mushtaq, Banjagere Jayaprakash, Valerian Rodrigues and Abdul Aziz. The book is co-edited by S. Japhet, professor and director at the centre, and Chandrashekar Aijoor, researcher.

The book will be released by Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah at Kurubara Sangha Hostel in Gandhinagar here at 4.30 p.m. The release will be followed by a discussion on Karnataka's current political scenario.