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8 Indian J.L. & Just. 188 (2017)
Education and Public Health - Legislative Initiatives in Fifty Years of the Republic (1950-2000)

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                          BOOK REVIEW


N.R. Madhava Menon, Education and Public Health- Legislative
Initiatives in Fifty Years of the Republic (1950-2000), forwarded by
Subhash C. Kashyap, Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd, New
Delhi, India, 2013 Edition, ISBN: 978-93-5035-337-6, Price- Rs. 325.


       N.R. Madhava Menon is an Indian legal educator, considered by
many as the father of modern legal education in India. Prof. Menon
foreword his latest treatise on Education and Public Health - Legislative
Initiatives in the First Fifty Years of the Republic. His present work is the
result of his intensive research in the depths of the primary sources like the
Constituent Assembly Debates, Proceedings of the Houses of Parliament,
Judicial pronouncements by Courts and much else from the vast field of
secondary sources. Several reports of Committees of Experts and
independent perused and covered.
       Prof. Menon gave priority to public health and primary education by
making it part of State Policy, fundamental in making laws and in
governance of the country. In fact, primary education was supposed to be
compulsorily given to every child within ten years of commencement of the
Constitution! For a variety of reasons, the attention given by Parliament and
State legislatures to basic needs of people in the initial years of the Republic
has not been adequate to the tasks involved. Today, however, they are issues
in the priority list of governments both at the Centre and in the States.
Education has become part of guaranteed fundamental right under the
Constitution and Parliament has legislated the Right to Education Act to
implement the guaranteed right. Health is in the process of becoming a
fundamental right as well. This Study looks at the initiatives in Parliament
between 1950 and 2000 to act upon the Directive Principles relating to
education and health.
        On the main theme of the study, Prof. Menon aptly puts the focus on
the close relationship between economic and political democracy and socio-
economic justice propounded under the Directives Principles and good
citizen-friendly governance norms based on the fundamental human rights
principles of equality, non-discrimination and inclusiveness.
       The present book covers all the important aspects of education and
public health and freedoms. The author has made a wide study regarding
implementation of basic rights. The whole work divided into VI Chapters.
       The Chapter 1 is Introduction. It introduces the subject. Here
discussion has been made regarding the development of education and

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