Book Launch: Water And The Laws In India

A book that talks of laws relating to water in India, pertaining to issues on water and proceeds to a discussion of the legal questions that arise.

Water And The Laws In India, edited by Edited by Ramaswamy R Iyer, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Published by SAGE Publications.

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.

A list of contributors to the book is as follows:

Upendra Baxi

Philippe Cullet

Radha D’Souza

DHAN Foundation

Shyam Divan

Bharath Jairaj

K.J. Joy

Farhana Z. Khan

Kanchi Kohli

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Roopa Madhav

Manju Menon,

Dinesh Kumar Mishra

T.N. Narasimhan

Fali S. Nariman

Suhas Paranjape

Tony George Puthucherril

Kamala Sankaran

K.C. Sivaramakrishnan

Himanshu Thakkar

Paritosh C. Tyagi

Videh Upadhyay

A. Vaidyanathan

M.S. Vani


Attached are a brochure regarding the book, the speech by Mr. Iyer at the launch of the book in New Delhi and the text from the book flap describing the book.

The photograph (courtesy of the website of the Vice President of India) is of the launching of the book by His Excellency The Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari. Mr. Iyer is on the left.

 Launch by the Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari


For a description and review of Mr. Iyer's previous book "Towards Water Wisdom" , please click here

Click here for a book review by Dr.M.K.Ramesh



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