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Iyer’s latest book is a welcome and timely.… This book is recommended reading for anyone interested in water issues regardless of their disciplinary training or ideological position. This volume should motivate young scholars, particularly from the disciplines of sociology and geography, to formulate research questions for empirical enquiry in the water arena, including issues related to legal pluralism.
This book is a bold and comprehensive attempt to capture all that we know about how to manage and regulate the various `vessels` that hold water for different uses… Unlike a typical law book that would either argue from a normative understanding of a basic principle, eg the human rights approach towards legislation, or generalise from case laws towards legal framework, this book combines both the approaches through contributed articles…. The book marks a "watershed" in water legislation documentation.
It is a well-conceived and well-written volume, for which both the editor and the contributors deserve full appreciation. Their painstaking efforts and the thoroughness of their work are remarkable. What is unique about the book is that it does not not deal with water law per se but with water law as it relates to various physical, economic, institutional, and policy aspects affecting water resource management in India…Despite the legalistic nature of the subject, the language used in most of the chapters is easy to follow even by the lay people.
Worth reading…. The books packs in 20 papers on different aspects of water and the legal questions that arise. The papers are written by well known experts… This gives the reader a more holistic perspective…. Recommended reading.
The book has made a commendable effort in bringing together experts from various streams of expertise to identify the lacunae plaguing the existing framework and explore ways to address these from diverse perspectives….It is a useful contribution to the literature on the social dimensions of water, and will be essential reading for education and research in the various dimensions of development studies, water management as well as law.
Water is not just a rights issue for laws and policies but a fundamental issue of the country’s governance for the Constitution itself to address and accommodate. Water and the Laws in India is indeed a rich compendium of well-researched articles by knowledgeable persons critiquing the existing legal framework and proposing wide-ranging changes in it. The production by SAGE publications is impressive though the price (Rs 995) for the Indian market is a bit too high.
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