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Justice Rajindar Sachar (1923–2018)

Justice Rajindar Sachar was a man of unshakeable integrity. His erudition, humility, and warmth captivated everyone who came into contact with him. The report of the high level committee he chaired, which popularly came to be called the Sachar Committee, made him a household name throughout India. Till the very end of his life, he was deeply concerned about public matters, especially those that affected Muslim minorities.

Justice Rajindar Sachar will be remembered for many things: his judicial pronouncements in various courts of India, his activism through which he strove for civil liberties (both as a lawyer and a campaigner), his gentle demeanour, empathy, and innate humaneness. His appointment as the chairperson in 2005 of the Prime Minister’s High Level Committee for Preparation of Report on Social, Economic, and Educational Status of the Muslim Community of India, and the subsequent report that came to be popularly known as the “Sachar Committee Report” (SCR), turned him into a star, even as he had to battle many brickbats. For the Muslim community, he became a household name overnight.

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Updated On : 21st May, 2018

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