About the book:The book includes the stage of the Dharmasutra, codification of the Sacred law, followed by an age of commentators and then of schools of interpretation, authorities and digests.
More details: The author sees in the unconditional religious requirement of a son to secure the beatification of ancestors and the continuity of the family, the main factor in actual changes of practices and mainspring in a progressive contraction of women’s legal status.

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Dr. Shakuntala Rao Sastri
Dr. Shakuntala Rao Shastri was an eminent Sanskritist and Vedic Scholar. She was a M.A. in Sanskrit, Calcutta University, ‘Veda Tirtha’ of the Government Sanskrit College, Calcutta, B.Litt. Oxford, D.Litt. Calcutta and FRAS London.