Biography

Asang is a D.Phil (Law) candidate at the University of Oxford. His project looks at socio-economic/poverty discrimination in Indian legal policy and judicial adjudication with special reference to existing protected groups in India.

He was awarded MPhil (Law) without corrections for his project that critiques the affirmative action for upper-castes and general category in India and explores the theoretical and doctrinal challenges the interventions pose to the concept of substantive equality and core aims of discrimination law. Currently, he is engaged with the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal as an Associate Editor.

Prior to Oxford, Asang obtained his LLM degree in human rights, conflict, and justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with a Distinction in 2018. He read the LLM as a Felix Scholar. He is an alumnus of National Law University, Delhi, and received B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree in 2016. He was also the recipient of the prestigious DAAD Scholarship and LLM-SJD Law Faculty Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Law School. He was shortlisted for the European Commission Blue Book Traineeship.

Asang has extensive fieldwork experience on human rights issues in India and has worked as a consultant for national and international think tanks. He has recently contributed to theorisation of the experiences of discrimination faced by Muslims in the housing rental market in India, based on legal ethnographic outcomes. He has also worked as a judicial clerk in the High Court of Delhi.

Asang has been actively involved in Dalit student politics to fight institutional caste-based discrimination. He has organized students to fight caste-based segregation of student accommodations, and in collaboration with the university, established various academic support programmes for students belonging from the Bahujan community to address the high dropout rates and discrimination on campus. He pioneered in establishing career support, peer-mentoring, and guidance programme for students. During his undergraduate years, he was the founding Director of Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle. At SOAS he was the founding President, Dr. Ambedkar Society where he organised and chaired academic lectures on the issue of caste discrimination in the UK and mob lynching in India and organised protests on the discrimination faced by Dalit, Adivasi, and Bahujan students in London. He continues to support students from marginalized backgrounds and has helped over 20 students to secure admission to foreign universities.

Publications

Recent additions

  • A Wankhede, 'The Legal Defect in the Conditional Prohibition of Manual Scavenging in India' (2021) Contemporary Voice of Dalit, Sage Publication
    This article problematizes the definitional discourse of manual scavenging in Indian legislative interven-tions and its judicial treatment by the Supreme Court of India. It assesses the evolution of the definition of manual scavenging and the judicial treatment of it to cull out the insufficiency of legal doctrines and judicial interpretations in its elimination. It is argued that the career of legal prohibition of manual scavenging, despite deploying new measures to promote the elimination and rehabilitation, is antithetical to the very objectives of the legislations due to a paradoxical definitional discourse. The paradox is discerned by problema-tizing the condition-based permissibility of manual scavenging, where the usage of protective gear is the excluding criterion for identifying manual scavengers and perpetuates the practice. This condition-based permissibility has been a key burden on the discourse of elimination, as no such measures, it is argued, can mitigate discrimination, humiliation and stigma faced by manual scavengers. After identifying the conditional prohibition of manual scavenging, the article makes normative suggestions towards the adoption of a non-condition–based complete prohibition approach rooted in the understanding of human dignity. This must be complemented with the complete rehabilitation of individuals and complete mechanization of sewage work.
  • A Wankhede, 'Data Protection in India and EU: Insights in Recent Trends and Issues in Protection of Personal Data' (2017) 2 European Data Protection Law Review
    India's surge to become the world's preferred destination for investment in IT and product management services encounters a major legal hurdle. The obstacle is in the area of protec- tion of personal data, where India lacks specific legislation. That legal gap makes data pro- cessing in thte country more vulnerable to cyber hacking, theft and related crimes. This ar- ticle examines the limited protection under the IT Act 2oo and the IT Rules 2011, and pro- vides a brief analysis of the landmark Indian judgments on data protection. Another focal point in the article is the comparison between the Indian experience in data protection and that of the European Union (EU) - a major source of foreign direct investments in India's IT and outsourcing sectors. An analysis of the EUData Protection Directive and a tabular com- parison of the data protection laws in the EU and India highlight the differences between the two regimes.
  • A Wankhede and A Wankhede, 'Transgender Communities in India: A Study of Historical, Legal and Social Perspective' in (ed), In Gender Issues in India: Sensitisation, Reflection, and Solutions (ISBN: 978-81-920809-5-6 2012)

Journal Article (2)

A Wankhede, 'The Legal Defect in the Conditional Prohibition of Manual Scavenging in India' (2021) Contemporary Voice of Dalit, Sage Publication
This article problematizes the definitional discourse of manual scavenging in Indian legislative interven-tions and its judicial treatment by the Supreme Court of India. It assesses the evolution of the definition of manual scavenging and the judicial treatment of it to cull out the insufficiency of legal doctrines and judicial interpretations in its elimination. It is argued that the career of legal prohibition of manual scavenging, despite deploying new measures to promote the elimination and rehabilitation, is antithetical to the very objectives of the legislations due to a paradoxical definitional discourse. The paradox is discerned by problema-tizing the condition-based permissibility of manual scavenging, where the usage of protective gear is the excluding criterion for identifying manual scavengers and perpetuates the practice. This condition-based permissibility has been a key burden on the discourse of elimination, as no such measures, it is argued, can mitigate discrimination, humiliation and stigma faced by manual scavengers. After identifying the conditional prohibition of manual scavenging, the article makes normative suggestions towards the adoption of a non-condition–based complete prohibition approach rooted in the understanding of human dignity. This must be complemented with the complete rehabilitation of individuals and complete mechanization of sewage work.
A Wankhede, 'Data Protection in India and EU: Insights in Recent Trends and Issues in Protection of Personal Data' (2017) 2 European Data Protection Law Review
India's surge to become the world's preferred destination for investment in IT and product management services encounters a major legal hurdle. The obstacle is in the area of protec- tion of personal data, where India lacks specific legislation. That legal gap makes data pro- cessing in thte country more vulnerable to cyber hacking, theft and related crimes. This ar- ticle examines the limited protection under the IT Act 2oo and the IT Rules 2011, and pro- vides a brief analysis of the landmark Indian judgments on data protection. Another focal point in the article is the comparison between the Indian experience in data protection and that of the European Union (EU) - a major source of foreign direct investments in India's IT and outsourcing sectors. An analysis of the EUData Protection Directive and a tabular com- parison of the data protection laws in the EU and India highlight the differences between the two regimes.

Chapter (1)

A Wankhede and A Wankhede, 'Transgender Communities in India: A Study of Historical, Legal and Social Perspective' in (ed), In Gender Issues in India: Sensitisation, Reflection, and Solutions (ISBN: 978-81-920809-5-6 2012)

Research Interests

His research interests include discrimination law, comparative equality law, comparative constitutional law, international human rights law and theory, critical legal theory, socio-legal studies, public law, caste discrimination, and institutional discrimination.

Research projects