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Then and Now

The Supreme Court

There is a tendency to view the threat to judicial independence in India as emerging from the executive branch, and occasionally the legislature. But when persons within the judiciary become pliable to the other branches, it is a different story altogether.

When I was informed that Justice Hosbet Suresh was going to be posthumously awarded the Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Lifetime Achi­eve­ment Award, it struck me that there could be no better person for this recognition.

I was fortunate to have met Asghar Ali Engineer once, and of course, known and appe­ared before Justice Suresh several times. Both men were similar in many ways. Both were activists in their own right. Engineer was a reformist and fought for change in the Dawoodi Bohra community, and his valuable contributions to studies in peace, non-violence and communal harmony are well-regarded. Equally, Justice Suresh was known, especially in his three decades of public life after reti­rement, for his path-breaking contributions to the human rights space. Whenever there were instances or occasions of human rights violations, Justice Suresh’s wisdom, presence and support always made an appearance. 

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Updated On : 5th Oct, 2020

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