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Book Launch of Inter-State River Water Disputes Act (12th March, 2016)

Inter-State River Water Disputes Act: Genesis, Evolution and Analysis, a locus classicus on the subject, by the eminent advocate, Mr. K.K. Lahiri, was launched at the India International Centre, New Delhi, on 12th March, 2016.

Mr. Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister of India, was the honourable Chief Guest of the event, and the function was presided over by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman.

Sumeet Malik, Associate Editor, Supreme Court Cases, welcomed the guests heartily. He shared his experience of working with the author of the book, K.K. Lahiri, "... He (was) a truly wonderful learning experience for me... Mr. Lahiri has done such an amazing job of analysing the law under this Act. He has brought forth all his years of practice based in this area, and what you have before you will truly be the most authoritative work and commentary on the Inter-State Water Disputes Act... "

The book was released by the honourable Chief Guest, Mr. Arun Jaitley, who applauded the work and the efforts put in it by the author thoroughly, "... how delighted I am to be associated with this book... I am glad Kishore gave a chapter-wise historical evolution of the problem, the issues, the stand and the vision for the future... dissected the problem and then written a book which comes with sound legal principles on which some of these issues itself can be resolved. The book also has a compilation of all laws and regulations which deal with the subject. And it is very rare that in a jurisprudence of this kind ... that somebody acquires the expertise. Hopefully Kishore's book will be a great addition to any library and I wish him all the best"

Justice Rohinton F. Nariman, the Special Guest, in his usual witty and sharply informed style brought forth the highlights of the books very crisply, "... Kishore's outstanding book... obviously he has put an enormous amount of thought into it. In the very first chapter, he describes Water in the Roman law terms... What also tickled me in one sense was the fact that Kishore's reading was not confined to River-Water systems at all. I found that each chapter was headed with a quotation from very diverse sources. Apart from the book itself, which is a great study, these little clues tell us something about the author. And I was very gladdened to see that the author's depth and width of reading have also somehow or the other enlivened these pages... This book will fill a great void in our legal literature and I exhort all of you to buy the book and read it. Quite apart from the lovely quotes, it is truly a masterpiece..."

In Conversation with the Author:

Sumeet Malik: "Mr. Lahiri, considering that your primary passion is Arbitration, how is it that you wrote a book on Inter-State Water Disputes?"

K.K. Lahiri: "... interesting question you have put to me... there were 2 reasons for it, one was a question of timing. I really got involved with inter-State water disputes about a decade, decade-and-half earlier than Arbitration... other was a question of need... there is a plethora of literature on Arbitration... but here for 60 years, from 1956 till date we have no comprehensive commentary on inter-State water disputes Act."

Sumeet Malik: "What would you consider the USP of your book? And how is it structured? And where do you think this heading in future?"

K.K. Lahiri: "USP... probably the first comprehensive commentary on this Act and Rules dealing with section by section... Chapter 4 is the core of the book. As far as the structure is concerned, I have summarised it in the Preface of my book. The 1st chapter deals with water... Chapter 2 is titled Genesis and covers the period 1935 to 1950, gesturing towards the origin of the current framework... 3rd chapter is captioned Evolution, here I deal with the evolution of the 1956 Act and the framing of Rules... The 4th chapter which I call the Core of the book is the Present. The 5th chapter answers the third part of your question."

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