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Inside JGU November 2021 Issue

Book co-edited by JGLS faculty member released by Springer Nature

A book titled ‘Groundwater Law and Management in India: From an Elitist to an Egalitarian Paradigm’  co-edited by Dr. Tony George Puthucherril, Professor of Law, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), has been published by Springer Nature, Singapore. The book carries a foreword by Dr. Upendra Baxi (Professor, JGLS), and chapters by Dr. Tony George Puthucherril (Professor, JGLS), Ms. Abhilasha Ramakrishnan (Lecturer, JGLS), Dr. Rosmy Joan (JGLS alumna), Mr. Surya Gupta (GRIP scholar and JGLS alumnus), Ms. Sushruti Tripathi (JGLS alumna), and Ms. Namrata Kabra (JGLS alumna).

The book provides insights into the current legal regime about groundwater in India. This book’s fundamental premise is that groundwater is abused and mismanaged despite being an extraordinarily critical resource that supports India’s burgeoning population’s ever-increasing water demands. The critical argument it posits is that the elitist paradigm that underlies groundwater management must give way to an egalitarian one where this resource should be treated as common property.

The book has three parts. The first part deals with some of the general groundwater management issues brought to the fore by the operation of the elitist paradigm. Since water is defined by the Constitution as a State subject, the second part analyses the groundwater legislations of 13 States and 2 Union Territories set against their unique circumstances. As these laws do not dismantle the elitist paradigm that interlocks groundwater rights to land rights, the next part articulates a legal reform agenda where a case is made to re-engineer groundwater laws to reflect a more egalitarian-based legal and policy framework for sustainability.

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