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  May 2016
  April 2016

Indians, NRIs & The Law The Timely Anodyne

When we advance towards fast material development, we do not proceed without associated problems. Proliferating migration of Indians to several developed countries did bring fortune to many but at the same time the frenzied excitement was accompanied by bitter realities of perplexing nature.

The ground reality is that almost 30 million Non- Resident Indians (NRIs) have settled and thrived in almost 180 countries across the globe, thereby falling in the category of 'marginal man'. Their connections intact with their extended families in India have found expression in issues relating to immigration, nationality, marriage, divorce, cross-border child removal and custody, inter-country adoptions, wills, surrogacy, visas, succession, inheritance and tenancy of Indian property, etc. Foreign lawyers are attempting to resolve these problems with no authentic source of information available on these subjects.

Applicability of foreign laws, validity of judgments pronounced overseas and verdicts of Indian courts which need expounding are consequential issues requiring interpretation and expert opinion. Till recently, no reported commentary on private international law in the exclusive Indian context provided comprehensive answers to these nightmarish human problems of the Indian diaspora and the global Indian.

In this crucial moment, legal luminaries, Anil Malhotra and Ranjit Malhotra brought glad tidings to a large conglomeration of directionless suffering class, enveloped in the darkness, thereby providing solution to all the problems faced by NRIs, by authoring the book 'Indians, NRI & The Law', which was published by  law publishing giants, Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. 

The third edition of this stimulating book was launched on November 9, 2011, by British High Commissioner, Sir Richard Stagg, at his New Delhi residence, along with Soli J Sorabjee, former Solicitor General of India in the august gathering that included Jim Nickel, Deputy Commissioner, Embassy of Canada; Aslak Brun, Deputy Chief of Mission of Royal Norwgian Embassy; Lord Diljit Rana, Honorary Consul of India, Northern Ireland and Inder Dev Singh Musafir, Chairman NRI Cell.

Speaking on the occasion, Sir Richard Stagg said, " A large number of Indians have migrated across the globe and with the changing times, it is important to understand the impact of this change in terms of the law and judicial systems. The Malhotras' book is therefore well-timed to meet this growing need."

Soli Sorabjee said, " The book will be extremely useful to academicians, writers, judges, policy makers, overseas and Indian lawyers as well as the foreign readers by providing answers to unresolved problems in new emerging areas of the vast Indian diaspora scattered around the world."

Lord Rana called the book as a ready-reference for solutions of problems like marriages, divorce, inheritance, etc. It helps the NRIs to get released from the shackles  of travelling agents, who exploit and abuse the gullible people for their unlawful gains. It also enlightens the lawyers and the courts overseas.

Hasan Khurshid


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