Legal Grounds: Natural Resources, Identity and the Law in Jharkhand, 1st Edition, Editor: Nandini Sundar. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2009

Legal Grounds: Natural Resources, Identity and the Law in Jharkhand, 1st Edition, Editor: Nandini Sundar. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2009

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The unusual, yet perceptive interface between law and love connection sets the tone of the journey through Jharkhand. This is a journey not just of the formation of the state but a contested terrain of contestation, struggles and transformations that is what is stated in the introductory chapter by Nandini Sundar Laws, Policies and Practices in Jharkhand. Discussing the creation and modification of adivasi identity and its’ direct connection to law, Sundar metaphorically and convincingly links the legal system normatively and relationally with love—both connected with power and hegemony, both being spaces of protection and also repression. The sociological approach in this book reminds us of similar interdisciplinary approaches used by Vasudha Dhagamwar (Role and Image of Law in India: A Tribal Experience, 2006), Nivedita Menon (Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law, 2004) or Radhika Singha, (A Despotism of Law: Crime and Justice in Early Colonial India, 1998). The book is a case study of Jharkhand, a place historically rich in natural resources, a newly formed state with a vision for industrial development, a dwelling for Mundas, Santhals among many other tribal communities negotiating through resistances, betrayals and expectations from the colonial and the postcolonial state. The book can be divided into discussions on land, forest, water, mining and self governance. The adivasi slogan of jal-jangal-aur jameen seems to be reflected in the way in which the chapters are arranged…

Cite as: Rukmini Sen, Legal Grounds: Natural Resources, Identity and the Law in Jharkhand, 1st Edition, Editor: Nandini Sundar. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2009, 3 NUJS L. Rev. 123 (2010)

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