'Kanoon Daiz' - A Credible Effort to Arm with Legal Knowledge

April 13, 2010

Ignorance of law is no excuse - is an age old adage. Ignorance (of law) is bliss - is an equally old, if not an older, proverb, which can be termed as a self prescribed remedy for the lack of legal knowledge.  We are in a knowledge economy and since knowledge is power it pays to have some knowledge in all fields especially when it comes to legal matters.  Over the years the law is becoming increasingly complex which sometimes goes beyond the realm of common people.  Moreover it is difficult to find authentic literature in our mother tongues that can help even common people understand the intricacies of laws in simple terms. 

When it comes to the mother tongue there are not many who take the trouble of writing by finding every conceivable jargon for all the technical terms used in civil and criminal laws.  In Konkani language there is a dearth of an authentic book that deals with civil or criminal laws.  For the first time an attempt has been made by advocate Stanley R D Costa as his book “Kanoon Daiz” (legal treasure) (Ashling Publication, first editon Rs. 50/-), which deals with a multitude of legal subjects that have bearings in our day today day lives and can be best described as a treasure trove of legal knowledge. In his message author says lack of legal knowledge and procedures were a major stumbling block for Catholics in dealing with the after- effects arising out of the unsavory episodes of church attacks and the ugly incidents that followed thereafter. He says this ignorance of law proved costly for many Catholics who were caught up in the clutches of law and it was this incident that goaded him to come out with this book.  

“Kanoon Daiz” is a wonderfully readable book for the simple reason that its simple lucid language is easily comprehensible and is a must for those who want to be armed with some fundamental legal knowledge to read in their mother tongue.  Even for those who are comfortable in other languages the book gives a brief knowledge on a plethora of subjects which even the educated class chooses to ignore though there are enough books on the subject in English and other languages.  

What is commendable is that Stanley has chosen very relevant topics and has put in intensive efforts to explain them in the common spoken language of the people.  There are 21 topics the authors deal with in this 108 page book relating to fields as diverse as the complex but useful Right to Information Act to the very must know by everyone Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.  With most of us using a few modes of transportation it is in our own interest we know the basic differences between First Party or Comprehensive Insurance Policy and third party insurance, what are the benefits available and why it is necessary to have vehicle insurance, which sometimes goes beyond the level head of common people even when they are faced with such an eventuality. Reading the book gives one enough information to deal with the crisis as and when it arises.  

Stanley has dealt with this very important and useful topic in detail which helps even an ordinary person to know how to deal with insurance claims, implications of not having a driving license or insurance to the vehicle or on how to seek compensation from the court of law in case of accidental injury.  For those who take it easy driving vehicles without license or insurance or allow their minor children to drive without license the book serves as a basic guide on the implications of such an act of omission.   

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It was a pleasant surprise to find a chapter on the most current topic under discussion on section 377 of Indian Penal Code, a hot topic since Delhi High Court’s landmark decision on this subject. The author is forthright in his views as he welcomes the High Court’s decision as a right step keeping in tune with the changing situations and time.  

There is also another chapter on the important subject i e.  Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872, giving us an insight into the issues related to Christian marriages, which again comes in handy for all Catholics as marriages are inseparable part of our society and concerns the entire community. 

The books deals extensively with Human Rights Act and Indian Human Rights aAct of 1993 which is little elaborate as compared to other subjects and may not hold the interest of the readers vis-à-vis other subject covered in the book.  In toto the book deals with a variety of laws relating to children, women,  senior citizens and their rights,  minority institutions and their special status and such other topics which are always in the public domain.  In one chapter Stanley says there is an urgent need of a constitutional revolution in our country due to increased violence, intolerance and unrest and such other evils plaguing our nation.  

It is indeed heartening to know that Stanley has put in his heart and soul to come out with this book on laws which will serve as a catalyst to arm the common man having the capability of reading Konkani with the basic knowledge of law in brief. With so much happening with regard to matters such as property and divorce information on these matters would have been a good idea.  Nevertheless, that should provide him the necessary impetus to come out with another book in Konkani. This 108 page book can be finished in a day or two and that is a good incentive to get knowledgeable in matters of law.   A commendable effort indeed !

For more information on book - Please contact author Stanley D'Costa  - costa.stanley@gmail.com 

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Comment on this article

  • Ramesh B.S., Shimoga/Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 15 2010

    Congrats Stanley for releasing a book of law in Konkani. Please think over to translate the book in Kannada so that we too can read and understand the basic of law which really a need of the day.

  • Cony D'Silva, Mangalore/USA

    Thu, Apr 15 2010

    I really appreciate the views of Jacintha Rego about gifting the book to the parisheners as a free gift. This is really a wonderful idea i.e. instead of giving a fish to a need one should teach how to catch fish. Likewise we konkani loving people should come forward i.e wealthy social service concerned people to help our own brethren to educate them their fundemental rights, and other legal rights enshrined in the constitution. The amount of knowledge one can gain from the Kanoon Daiz book is commendable and is very vast which really help us the minorities. In a nutshell I too ready to help this cause if others show interest in their own parishes. This is the right time for us to educate ones next neighbor when we are badly in need of legal education to all. Finally I congratulate Stanley D' Costa for his efforts in bringing out this book. Let us unite together and do some good to the society

  • John Pereira, Managalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 15 2010

    Hearty Congratulations! to Advocate Stanely R. D'Costa.
    I am pleased to learn that one of our own from the legal fraternity has taken the initiative/trouble to write the book: 'Kannon Daiz' giving information on current legal scenario for the benefit of scores of our Konkani bretheren who are hungry to know their legal rights and remedies.
    I am sure this book will help the common man from our community to get more knowledgeable and help him to fight for his rights and get the appropriate timely remedy/solution, by using it as a ready reckoner, before approaching a lawyer and/or court, whenever required.

  • Jacintha Rego, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 14 2010

    It is really a wonderful achievement by Mr.Stanley D'Costa. I hope thousands of Konkani speaking people will be helped by reading the book because it contains valuable knowledge. Let the social concern people should publicize about the book and instead of donating charity to churches please gift a copy of the book to your parisheners by free of cost.

  • Dolphy Pinto Anjelore, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 14 2010

    Congratulations Mr Stanley. Your efforts and concern towards the downtrodden and educating the common people with your vast knowledge will definitely be rewarded in the days to come. Keep it up

  • Fr.J.B.Crasta, mangalore

    Wed, Apr 14 2010

    Dear Stanley R.D'Costa,
    Congratulations to for compiling 'Kanoon Daiz', a law book in Konkani.

  • ,Lawrence Pinto, Mangala Nagar/Mangalore 1

    Wed, Apr 14 2010

    Dear Stany, Congrtatulations to you to your exelent work of publishing the book KANOON DAIZ . Wish you all the best and expect more such publications in the near future.

  • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/kuwait

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    A long waited very informative book in simple Konkani which can be easily understood by any class of people with vast coverage of basic laws to be implemented in normal life. Keep it up stanley and God bless you and give you courage to serve the society.

  • devdas dolphy serrao, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Mr. Stanley D’ Costa was my classmate in the primary school. We noticed in him a keen sense, sharp reasoning power and a profound intelligence during those days of his early childhood. Now I feel that he has made good use of them. One who reads ‘Kanoon Daiz’ will surly agree with me. While congratulating him for this excellent work, I look forward for his next volume. Fr. Devdas Dolphy Serrao, Bangalore.

  • Sabitha Pinto, Mangalore/Canada

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Excellent work of Mr.D'Costa really helps the poorest of the poor. Any lawyer in India for a visit charges atleast Rs.100/- but the cost of Book is Rs.50/- is really affordable by all. And the Book Kanoon Daiz is educates in variety of topics which a common man needs in his daily life. I sincerely thank Mr. D'Costa for his efforts in bringing out the book and further I hope and pray many more good work will come out from his indepth knowledge and our konkani people will really benefited by this.

  • Dr. Neville Fernandez & Dr. Deborah D'Almeida, Mangalore/ Antigua

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Congratulations on the commendable effort. This novel venture will prove a highly useful tool to empower the common man with regard to knowledge of the law. Wishing that this book goes on to achieve tremendous success.

  • DJ Sequeira, Bijai, Dubai

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Dear Stanley,
    Congratulations! This is indeed a unique venture, which was neglected for years. Also, truly shows your dedication to the well being of the society at large. “Kanoon Daiz”will definitely be a basic guide to all of us, especially to understand the legal implications of our acts of commission or omission. It is nice to have a law book in Konkani as a ready reference at home, which will help a majority of the Konkani speaking community all over.

  • Harry, COORG/ B'Lore/ Abu Dhabi.

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    HARRY Abu Dhabi

  • Manuel Tauro, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    My heary congratulations to Mr. Stanly R D'Costa for compiling 'Kanoon Daiz', a law book in our mother tongue konkani. While I appriciate his effors in writing this book, I also wish him all success in all his future persuits.


    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Congatulations MR,STANLY,for your book KANOON DAIZ.on law in konkanni language.thank you very much it will enlighten many konkanns to understand the law.best wishes from SEQUIERA BROTHERS KUWAIT

  • Cony, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Dear Stany, First of all you have done a wonderful job. Let this book become a must to have guide for each and everyone who wants help in learn and understand law. Wish you all the best.

  • Fr Henry Sequeira, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Dear Stanley,

    I wish to congratulate you for your book on law in Konkanni language. It will enlighten many to understand the law and pursue their rights coupled with their duties to the society. I wish you the best of best.

    Fr Henry

  • Fr. Francis Assisi Almeida, Advocate, Mangalore Diocese, Bangalore/ Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 13 2010

    Congatulations Mr. Stanly for your efforts to bring out a book on law. I appriciate your commendable job. I understand it is not easy to write a book on law in Konkani. It is a tedious job to write legal langavage in our mother tounge. you have succeded in it. Good! At the same time you have dealt with recent and developing topics. Congatulations once again for your efforts to do something for our community by publishing a law book in Konkani language after Mr. William Pinto, Shirthady. Do continue to serve the Christian Community. God Bless you.

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