Here was introduced first in a prominent manner the secular aspect of law
and it was this that changed from age to age according to conditions; no distinction was
made between the two in early codes; every action of human life was clothed with some
Hence from the cradle to the grave, the life of man was a series of
religious duties. This harmonious combination of all aspects of human lifethe
religious, the metaphysical and the philosophic with the secular is reflected in the later
Thus custom played an important part in law; the provisions of laws
were adjusted according to changing times. Modes of life changed and these changes were
accepted under the guise of interpreting the same old laws.
The contribution of the commentators is considerable; by dint of subtle
arguments they had to reconcile the new custom with the ancient tradition. The sharpness
of intellect and the ingenuity of the scholars are ,evident in the commentaries.
The Courts of Law accepted these commentaries as authoritative Law
codes. The Mitakshara and the Dayabhaga reverted to the ancient texts while they drew
their conclusions. Thus Hindu Law did not remain static during these
growth of Hindu Law was arrested during the British period.
The declaration of Queen Victoria made the Government not to interfere
with the religious sentiment of the people and as religion and law were inseparable in
Hindu culture, law could not function according to the new changes.