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Nani Palkhivala: a role model for excellence of legal professionals

“Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be the better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of genius of each.”- Plato

Belonging to the school of thought of Plato, Major General (Retd.) Nilendra Kumar with five decade of experience identified a unique way of imparting and sharpening legal knowledge through Quiz competitions and mock courts. With this view, he raised a private company on April 27, 2017, in the name of Lex Consilium Foundation, alongwith other directors, Ritu Prakash David, Neha Chaturvedi, Nishith Chaturvedi and Prerna.

One of their programmes a Quiz on Constitutional law, citing Nani Palkhivala, as role model, was recently organised in New Delhi. The day long programme saw participation of 106 law students drawn from 54 law colleges of repute in India. Chief Guest of the function was Justice Dipak Misra, former CJI. Other guest speakers included: Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India; Bhuwan Ribhu, child rights activist and T.N. Chaturvedi, former governor of Karnataka.

The second session had the declaration about six teams based on written test scores, followed by a buzzer type oral test by renowned Quiz Master Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan. The questions posted were imaginative, interesting and comprehensive. The future law professionals through this Quiz were deeply sensitized on Constitutional aspirations, rule of law ethos and inclusive values.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Dipak Misra addressed the audience comprising mostly young law students, as ‘Friends’ and said that by addressing as friend, I mean it. He gave a friendly advise to devote at least 20 minutes everyday to read books of history, psychology and philosophy besides your law books in case you want to become a successful law professionals.

Appreciating Justice Misra’s vision Bhuwan Ribhu, narrated his nightmare when in the year 2010, his NGO had carried out a rescue operation of 48 minor children working in hazardous employments. In the result of the above, Ribhu and his team members were beaten by employers and parents of the children and charges of kidnapping were levelled on them. At that time Justice Misra, the then chief justice of High Court of Delhi, provided relief to the NGO and ordered the police commissioner and labour commissioner to rescue the children. Since then, no activist has been thrashed , said Ribhu.

Bhuwan Ribhu also pointed out that ever since, I launched the NGO, I was of the opinion that in Constitution there is provision about ‘Trafficking’ but in Indian Penal Code, no such provision was there. It is however a matter of satisfaction that in Act 13 of 2013, Section 8, substituted 370, 370A, for Section 370 IPC, wef. February 3, 2013.

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