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Book review - Towards Legal Literacy: An Introduction to Law in India
Legal awareness, legal literacy and knowledge of rights are capable of freeing individuals, communities and institutions from the excesses of miscreants, criminals, wrong-doers, unfair executive or authorities or powers that be.

We need to understand that democratic governance based on self-rule by the people within legal framework or rule of law.  The ex-Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, had once remarked, "Legal Literacy is the core basis of the survival of our Constitutional Democracy. Our entire judicial set-up functions on the presumption that all people are aware of their rights and are able to approach the concerned institution."

However, one has to acquire legal literacy consciously and effort-fully to protect one's own right and be cautious and refrain from infringing upon the rights and entitlements of others.

The book 'Towards Legal Literacy: An Introduction to Law in India' by assumes importance with new laws being enacted and amended to safeguard the rights of individuals.

The book edited by Kamala Sankaran and Ujjwal Kumar Singh provides the basic knowledge about various laws, Indian legal system and prevalent social and political issues as well as the everyday life aspects of a citizen. The book looks at both sides of the law pertaining to punishment to the wrongdoers and protection of vulnerable.

Published by Oxford University Press and running into two-hundred odd pages  explains how law is meant to work as  an instrument of social justice and the relationship of Indian Constitution to rights and legal provisions as well as interconnection with human rights.

The book that has been written with a mix of technical and common language also covers the criminal justice system; religious personal laws;  anti-terror laws; cyber crime law;, laws of contract, labour and employment;  environmental laws; gender justice and many more.

The heads of various institutions, offices, organisations, employers, security personnel and law students must read this book and some more books of similar kind to acquire basic legal awareness literacy to create just and fair governance and live a life of social justice.

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