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Water and the Laws in India

Water and the Laws in India

First Edition
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June 2018 | 684 pages | SAGE India
Laws relating to water in India have diverse origins, including ancient local customs and the British Common Law. The in-depth chapters in this compendium, written by luminaries from various fields, pertain to issues on water and proceed to a discussion of the legal questions that arise. This volume thus straddles two domains, viz., (i) water-resource policy, management, conservation, conflict-resolution, etc., and (ii) water law. The book also briefly raises and explores the case for a constitutional declaration on water and an overarching national water law.

The book is an invaluable resource for policy-makers, planners and administrators concerned with water at the Central, State and local levels; students, academics and practitioners in the domains of water as well as law; and social scientists, NGOs and activists concerned with the various issues discussed in the book. It should be useful as a main or supplementary textbook in universities and research or management institutions where any aspect of water (engineering, ecological, legal, social, economic, management or other) is a subject of study.
Ramaswamy R Iyer
A Vaidyanathan and Bharat Jairaj
Legal Aspects of Water Resource Management
Kamala Sankaran
Water in India: Constitutional Perspectives
Fali S Nariman
Inter-State Water Disputes: A Nightmare!
Radha D'Souza
Nation vs Peoples: Inter-State Water disputes in India's Supreme Court
Tony George Puthucherril
Riparianism in Indian Water Jurisprudence
Videh Upadhyay
The Ownership of Water in Indian Laws
Upendra Baxi
The Human Right to Water: Policies and Rights
M S Vani
Community Engagement in Water Governance
K J Joy and Suhas Paranjape
Water Use: Legal and Institutional Framework
K C Sivaramakrishnan
Drinking Water Supply: Right and Obligation
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
Water, Women and Rights
Dinesh Kumar Mishra
Floods and Some Legal Concerns
Paritosh C Tyagi
Water Pollution and Contamination
Big Water Resource Projects

Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli
Environmental Decision Making in India: A Critique
Shyam Divan
The Contours of EIA in India
Himanshu Thakkar
Displacement in the Name of Development
M S Vani
Groundwater Law In India: A New Approach
Local Water Management

Dhan Foundation
Indian Laws and Acts on Traditional Tank Irrigation Systems
Philippe Cullet and Roopa Madhav
Water Law Reforms in India: Trends and Prospects
T N Narasimhan
Water Law for India: Science and Philosophy Perspectives
Ramaswamy R Iyer
A Synoptic Survey and Thoughts on Change
Farhana Z Khan
Appendix: List of Selected Water and Related Statutes in India

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.

Contributions to Indian Sociology

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.

Business Standard

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. A major addition to the existing literature, the book fills a gap in one of less-researched areas of water resource management and connected areas. It should serve as a valuable source for senior researchers working in the water-law interface.

The Hindu

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.

Civil Society

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.

Economic & Political Weekly

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. Yet, no library or department dealing with water can afford not having a copy of this informative publication.

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