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Right to Cancel Contracts

The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 proposes to give the right to a consumer to cancel a contract within 30 days of making it, without giving any reason or justification. This is a very significant right that sets a precedence at a global level. This article locates the basis and justification for the right in the law and practices in other jurisdictions and in business practices in India.

Amending the Consumer Protection Act, 1986

A proposed amendment to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, gives the right to a consumer to set aside an unfair contract, and cancel, at will, a contract within 30 days of receiving the goods or services. A proposed Consumer Protection Authority will bring about effective checks on unfair advertising and trade practices. The amendment introduces product liability against manufacturers and vendors. The text of the amendment needs reworking and fine-tuning.

State, Law and Leather Co-operatives-of Uttar Pradesh

The leather flayer co-operatives of Uttar Pradesh have been engaged in prolonged court cases. The traditional leather flayers, the contractors and the zilla parishads have staked their claim to the carcass. The paper explores the emergence of leather co-operatives in Uttar Pradesh at the direction of the Supreme Court and this subsequent conflicts among the claimants. The paper attempts to establish certain theoretical propositions for understanding state-co-operative relationship.

Peasants, Subsistence and the Dairy-Co-operative in Dry Land-A Fragile Existence

Co-operative in Dry Land A Fragile Existence The paper is a study of the dynamic interaction between the text of the dairy co-operative society and the context of dry land agriculture in a tribal-peasant set-up. It highlights the intertwining of the normative structure and the institutional arrangements (the text) and the socio-economic context resulting in a fragile stability of the particular co-operative society. However, with the realignment of the forces (not necessarily located in the village) and the subsequent changes in the institutional arrangements such primary co-operative societies may face disintegration. Thereby, the dry regions and largely the subsistence-oriented rural producers may get exposed to the reinstated interlocked market.

Beyond Conventional Sociology of Organisation

Beyond Conventional Sociology of Organisation Vikash N Pandey Akhileshwar Pathak Conventionally, organisations have been understood by reading the context in which they exist. This mapping of social context has questioned the 'closed system' approach in organisation behaviour literature. However, organisations are text and they emerge and operate in a context. The context, including state, law and society, are dynamic and interactive social processes. Once an organisation is born, its constitution binds the constituents in its language like law; and it is a social fact re-shaping the context. Therefore an understanding of organisations has to read the text and context as dynamic processes and multiple discourses taking place within and amongst the organisation, society, law and state.

Sociology of Law in India-Postscripts and Prospects

Sociology of Law in India Postscripts and Prospects As social change/reproduction is not affected by any single social stratum in isolation. different strata perceive social forces differently, depending on their location in the existing order, and attempt to modify them. Evolution of law is part of this social process. The text of law is itself a register of these negotiations and is therefore a contested domain.

State, Environment and Law

Law is always in formation through the articulatory. processes in society and the institutions of the state. The law; state and society have to he unified in a single analytical field. The zealous concern of the law to protect and preserve forests for environmental reasons and at the same time, the neglect of environmental concerns related to pollution have to he seen in this light. The evolution of law as an interplay of state and society and interactions within the institutions of the state including the conflicts between the union and states, legislature-executive and the judiciary are explored here.

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