A timely volume that highlights the forthright and candid views and opinions on a wide variety of pertinent issues by one of India’s most respected legal luminaries.
FALI S. NARIMAN, with a remarkable track record in the legal field, is not one to mince his words. He holds forth cogently on topics such as the Supreme Court and the judiciary, politicians and Parliament, the media and its right to expression, the Constitution (of which he is an ardent defender), and the minorities and more.
Whatever be the subject, he drives home his points on the basis of sound and logical contentions and arguments. Also, he questions the recent functioning of the Supreme Court of India, the government’s policies vis-à-vis the press, the judiciary and particularly the minorities, who, he declares, today need to be protected, as per the Constitution, more than ever before. He peppers the text with countless facts, innumerable anecdotes and enthralling incidents that make for fascinating and enriching reading. His analysis of judicial activism and the fear of a majoritarian government provide much food for thought.The contents are rounded off with nostalgic cameos on the author’s experience regarding defamation (which he says is a luxury) and a wholesome tribute to the ‘Super Judge’ Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, whose presence he greatly misses.
Here is a work that neither the students of law and contemporary politics nor the legal practitioners and the lay person can afford to miss.
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About the Author
FALI S. NARIMAN has grown up with the Constitution. He started his career in the High Court of Bombay in 1950. Since 1972, when he shifted to New Delhi, he has been continuously practising in India’s Supreme Court, where he has attained eminence. Over the years, he has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, both at national and international levels. He was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha in November 1999, was awarded the Padma Bhushan (in 1991) and the Padma Vibhushan (in 2007). Author of the bestselling Before Memory Fades . . . an autobiography and The State of the Nation: In the Context of India’s Constitution, he lives in New Delhi with his wife Bapsi.