Date01 December 2019
Published date01 December 2019
Being a general issue, the material compiled here is quite diverse. We have here
seven articles, two short notes, one document and four book reviews. The articles
range from topics such as ‘Role of Environmental NGOs in Corporate Social
Responsibility in the Field of Environmental Protection and E-waste Management
in India’ by Jyoti Rattan, ‘Inter-State River Water Disputes in India: A Study of
Water Disputes Between Punjab and Haryana’ by Amit Ranjan, ‘Issues of Large-
scale Dam Resettlement and Rehabilitation: Case of Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh’
by Aseem Mishra, ‘Regulatory Approach Towards GM Technology in India, USA
and EU: A Comparative Analysis’ by Asheesh Navneet, ‘Administration of Justice:
Judicial Delays in India’ by Tanushree Singh and Akash Singh Thakur, ‘Towards
Participatory Democracy: Can Digitalisation Help Women in India?’ by Asha
Gupta and ‘Environmental Jurisprudence in India’ by Ravindra Kumar Verma.
Jyoti Rattan notes that at present, all sectors of society—governmental and
non-governmental organisations and citizens and others—are playing increasing
roles in protecting and preserving environmental ecology in the area of e-waste
management. This paper is mainly focused on the role of environmental NGOs in
India and elsewhere. There is still a long way to go.
Amit Ranjan examines the political and judicial settlement or non-settlement of
inter-state river water disputes between Punjab and Haryana in the Indian federal
union. The author also refers tangentially to the linkage of this intra-India dispute
with the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan. In tune with the approach
of the Indian Constitution that prefers political settlement of inter-state river water
disputes to judicial settlement but notes that the belated failure of the political
mechanism in this case, as in others, the matter generally lands in the Supreme
Court anyway.
Aseem Mishra puts under his analytical scanner the issues of large-scale dam
resettlement and rehabilitation in the case of the post-Independence dam project
of Bilaspur. A poor planning and failure to visualise the numbers and needs of the
oustees are evident. Serious rethinking and revisions seem to be called for by this
fieldwork-based empirically grounded research.
Asheesh Navneet reports the findings of his comparative study of GM technology
in India, the USA and the European Union (EU). The author notes that the USA has
adopted a product-based approach, whereas the EU’s approach has been process-
based. In India, besides health and environment issues, ownership right of seeds
has also been raised. So far, Bt cotton is the only GM crop that has been allowed
Indian Journal of Public
65(4) 807–809, 2019
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