Since the publication of the last edition of this work, a number of important decisions have been rendered by the Supreme Court and by High Courts all over the country. Many of these decisions have broken new ground in as much as they show an emerging trend of a radical interpretative process in the interpretation of laws as regards marriages, succession and also laws relating to guardianship and adoptions as are applicable to persons professing and following the Hindu religion. These decisions are indicative of an emerging trend of a liberal approach and a greater degree of latitude which have given an impetus to some of the ameliorative provisions engrafted into the laws by the legislature.
After the enactment of the four Acts relating to Marriage, Succession, Minority & Guardianship and Adoption & Maintenance, these laws govern persons professing and following the Hindu religion. The evolution and development of the laws as they stand today are indicative of the development of this branch of law which is acknowledged as having one of the most ancient pedigrees of any known system of jurisprudence. In the enactment of the four Acts, care has also been taken to incorporate various complexities emergent from custom and usage and also statewise peculiarities due to particular modes of marriage, succession etc. wherever the legislatures of the Union and the states have thought it necessary to do so.
Preface Preface to the Seventeenth Edition Preface to the Twelfth Edition Contents Table of Cases Introduction Chapters I. Operation of Hindu Law II. Sources of Hindu Law III. General Principles of Inheritance IV. Order of Inheritance of Males According to Mitakshara Law V. Female Heirs VI. Order of Succession to Males in the Bombay State VII. Order of Inheritance to Males According to Dayabhaga or Bengal School VIII. Points of Difference Between Mitakshara and Dayabhaga Succession IX. Exclusion From Inheritance and Partition X. Women's Property: Part I - Stridhana XI. Women's Property: Part II -- Property Acquired by a Woman By Inheritance XII. Joint Hindu Family Coparceners and Coparcenary Property -- Mitakshara Law XIII. Coparceners and Coparcenary Property Under Dayabhaga Law XIV. Debts -- Mitakshara Law XV. Debts -- Dayabhaga Law XVI. Partition and Reunion -- Mitakshara Law XVII. Partition -- Dayabhaga Law XVIII. Gifts XIX. Wills XX. Rules Common to Gifts and Wills XXI. Religious and Charitable Endowments XXII. Marriage XXIII. Adoption XXIV. Minority and Guardianship XXV. Maintenance XXVI. Conversion from Hinduism, Khojas, Cutchi Memons and Some Others XXVII. Impartible Property XXVIII. The Law of Damdupat XXIX. Benami Transactions XXX. Jains XXXI. Shudras The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 The Hindu Succession Act, 1956 The Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956 The Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956 Appendices I. The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 II. The Hindu Disposition of Property Act, 1916 III. The Hindu Inheritance (Removal of Disabilities) Act, 1928 IV. The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 V. The Hindu Gains of Learning Act, 1930 VI. The Hindu Women's Rights to Property Act, 1937 VII. The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 Index