Towards Legal Literacy: An Introduction to Law in India. Edited by Kamala Sankaran and Ujjwal Kumar Singh. Oxford University Press. New Delhi, 2007

Towards Legal Literacy: An Introduction to Law in India. Edited by Kamala Sankaran and Ujjwal Kumar Singh. Oxford University Press. New Delhi, 2007

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There are introductions and introductions. Some introductions seem to be purely descriptive, e.g. stating the manner in which one’s work is organised. Some are used as disclaimers- “Mine is only an introduction!” Some aim at setting the tone for subsequent events. Whatever be the kind of introduction, they aim to familiarize the object of the introduction to the subjects. Drawing from the philosophical arguments on the impossibility of descriptive projects, it is unlikely that an introduction can, irrespective of its claims, be purely descriptive. A feature of introductions which may be both, a reason for defeating descriptive claims and increasing the importance of perspectives, is that introductions are in most cases in relation to things which are unfamiliar to the person being introduced and familiar to the person who introduces. The knowledge of a knowledgeable person (especially teachers) introducing, has the potential of forming lasting impressions unless one doubts the credibility of the introducer or was an expert in the field oneself. This feature calls for introductions to state their perspectives honestly and take other perspectives on board. A strategy such as this would help those being introduced, to critically evaluate other perspectives operating in the same fields of knowledge, the deduction of which may lie solely in the fact of their being new and unknown…

Cite as: Kamala Sankaran, Towards Legal Literacy: An Introduction to Law in India. Edited by Kamala Sankaran and Ujjwal Kumar Singh. Oxford University Press. New Delhi, 2007, 1 NUJS L. Rev. 379 (2008)

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