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Dr. Mickey Mehta will be stepping into super sixties

On August 29 2021 – Dr. Mickey Mehta will be stepping into super sixties.
Four decades normally seem very long, but for Dr. Mickey Mehta it seems they flew pass like a breeze. Yes this year as he steps into 60th birthday, he also completes 40 years as the pioneer of wellness industry on many counts. The first holistic health columnist in India , first fitness TV radio presenter , first one to bring fitness to reality shows ( Indian idol junior , fame gurukool , nach baliye, channel V get gorgeous ,channel V pop stars and many more ) ,  first personal trainer of India , first one to promote equipment free training in India , first one to coach miss India / Mr. India / supermodels etc. He also has a world record in teaching swimming in 24 hours.
Incidentally he also completes 51 years of practicing yoga. Yet when we ask him are you a yogi? Pat comes the answer, “no am just an ordinary bhogi.”
He feels very fortunate as being appointed the FIT INDIA MOVEMENT champion and he also got the original Indian Olympics t-shirt to make videos for cheering the Indian Olympians.
Being a part of Indian merchant steering committee for holistic health there is lots India can expect post pandemic with his intended ventures HEALTHY INDIA WEALTHY INDIA.
As he steps into his 60th year, the Fit India movement turns three- . Is it a coincidence you ask? “And he says … I am simply blessed! ….”.
So what’s new we wonder? “Every moment, newness depends on your creativity driven by your own enthusiasm and getting inspired from within “. And he quickly opens up his cell phone with childlike enthusiasm, shows me the cover of his new book with global super chef Sanjeev Kapoor and the book is called, “IMMUNITY PLUS” where Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has contributed with health food recipes. Immunity plus also has a 4 week program of workouts, breathing, meditation, mind science, affirmations and prayers. In his own words it is a fully loaded club sandwich of well-rounded IMMUNITY all the way.
And knowing our mighty Mickey we certainly knew that wasn’t it at all. He once again pulls out his research paper on IMMUNITY FOR HUMANITY ‘by UGC- UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISION’  for which he was assisted by Dr. Havovi Rana under the guidance of Dr. Ali Irani- HOD PHYSIOTHERAPY NANAVATI HOSPITAL, DEAN NMIMS COLLEGE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY and his assistant Dr. Mansi Mehta. And yes this is Dr. Mickey ,Mehta’s second medical research paper , the first being the monu- mental code – Vedic Wisdom, published in SCI VISION JOURNAL.
Wow now we have 2 global Parsees in the business of immunity from our community. One – Mr. Adar Poonawala and second – Dr. Mickey Mehta. He quickly remembered his first meeting with Adar Poonawala at the Serum institute of India 2020 march 17 just 5 days before the lockdown to be precise and he says the idea of work on immunity germinated there.
 Let’s say GET IMMUNIZED…GET MICKEYMIZED!!!
And in his own words he says, work and communicate, to the world and let maximum people get the benefit. So what’s the noise we ask? And yes he says a campaign of wellness revolution for human evolution on radio one, fever and nasha parallelly around STEPPING INTO SIXTY, and that’s not it, hold on; a campaign on Tata sky by Dr. Mickey Mehta “freedom from fat” was launched on the Independence Day.
On his birthday itself 29th August, Tata sky will run a special tribute for the legendary global leading holistic health guru Dr. Mickey Mehta – SUPER FIT SIXTY…completing 40 years of professional journey.
Parsees are known for caring and sharing and Dr. Mickey Mehta has just launched a brand new 360 degree holistic health healing center at Bhulabhai Desai Road Mahalaxmi chambers south Mumbai.
And you ask him any community related service ,and he says “ I serve the Maharashtra police , the BMC, the immigration , the customs , army , navy , air force time to time and have now started serving senior citizens from Zoroastrian community every Friday 6 pm at captain colony.
So does legendary mean THATS IT? And he says “I have just begun, I plan to live forever and contribute forever. I share my passion of social impact with my brother Jimmy Mistry and yes we both are driven by purpose. “
Then comes the line from the wordsmith’s mouth, “don’t chase your dreams …pursue your purpose and the universe will fulfil your dreams”
The project closest to his heart is DELPHIC GAMES of Greece it’s like the Olympics of art and culture. This was launched at the governors house on Saturday the 21st of August  by joint commissioner Gst Sahil Seth, Hema malini ji , veteran actor Paresh Rawal, music directors Salim Suleiman , choreographers Bosco – Ceasar, MD BMG Crescendo and above all the grandmaster of physiotherapy Dr. Ali Irani, just to name a few. As a chair of holistic health for Delphic games,   it seems he has the responsibility of starting a “SWAST BHARAT MAST BHARAT MOVEMENT”
It was time we had to close the interview and he appealed like a child that I have four more lines please and of course who could refuse that innocent face with a charming and a mesmerizing smile.
And then he says, “My vision is, LET WELLNESS BE THE RELIGION NUMBER ONE.
My mission is START A WELLNESS REVOLUTION FOR HUMAN EVOLUTION.
My objective is LET’S HAVE A DISEASE FREE WORLD. And my motto is SLEEP EVERY NIGHT WITH A WISH TO HEAL YOURSELF …. AND WAKE UP EVERY MORNING WITH A PROMISE TO HEAL THE WORLD.”
Yes of course Mickey – we are mesmerized and are Mickeymized ….
Thank you.
Warm Regards,
Mickey Mehta – Chairman & Managing Director.
DR. MICKEY MEHTA’S 360 DEGREE WELLNESS TEMPLE PRIVATE LIMITED
 
+91 9223405929
Awarded as Health and Wellness Icon of India by Economic Times.
Awarded as one of the World’s Top 100 Impactful Wellness Leaders at the World Wellness Congress. 
 
Get Naturalized , Get Maximized … Get Mickeymized !!

Shahrukh Tarapore – promoting purposeful technology

Archetype Solutions Group’s new CTO, Shahrukh Tarapore, spent a lot of time in academia before realizing he didn’t want to become a tenured-track professor.

He was on the road to getting a Ph.D in computer science, but wanted to be able to apply research in a more direct way. So, he finished a master’s program at the University of Virginia instead, and dove into work at a Cherry Hill research lab for Lockheed Martin, focusing on machine learning and simulation modeling. He become a software developer by training, conducting research in advanced systems engineering and advising the corporation of the future of its technology.

“That is where I made the bridge between technical and business-focused background within a larger enterprise,” the 2020 RealLIST Engineer told Technical.ly.

Tarapore was eventually tapped to run all of the company’s R&D programs in India, fostering the relationships required for corporate responsibility and offsets. But after a few years, he started to feel the pull back to the United States.

He talked to Technical.ly about how he’s navigated his career since coming back to the Philly region. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Techncial.ly: What made you want to come back to Philadelphia after working in India?

Shahrukh Tarapore: It was a great experience, but I was getting burned out, I never saw my wife. Philadelphia was where my stuff was and I’d decided I’d had enough. I wanted a small org where I had more influence over a lot of aspects, over being a cog in a large machine. Chris Cera with Arcweb and I had been friends, and he talked to me about joining the company in a growth stage. I finally accepted and joined as a product architect, and eventually took over engineering team as head of engineering.

This was in 2015. We were a fledgling boutique consulting company, and what Chris and I did there from a tech perspective was professionalize strong developers into a streamlined process so we were able to deliver a quality software development process. I spent five or six years doing that, helping mature the process within an organization. I got to see a lot of finance, tech, engineering in a great environment. I had a lot more influence on software development and engineering.

And at the same time, because I was in a small org, it was really Philly-centric, and it was great entry point into getting more into Philadelphia. I got into civic culture, nonprofits and the tech ecosystem. Chris is a huge supporter of people engaging at that level. Then, fast forward to May of this year, for a lot of different reasons, it was a good time to move on — good growth for me and for others who could level up.

Tell me about your new role. How does it compare?

Now, at Archetype Solutions Group, I’m helping to build a tech org within the company. We target mid-market companies in the employee benefits space and healthcare with a goal with doing that management consulting work, to create an avenue for deal flow into the venture capital arm of our work. It gives me a view into a lot of different companies, and I get to play matchmaker to different orgs that might have value to other companies experiencing those products. A lot of work is in maturing and building tech and serving as a CTO to early-stage portfolio companies.

I’m still very much the new kid on the block, and I still have the luxury of coming in with some humble ignorance and asking how things work and why. I think that creates a safe space to talk about “why are we doing what we’re doing?”

What about a tech career drew you in?

I’m in a minority set of technologists where in my career, I’ve been less interested in tech for the sake of it being cool, and more motivated by it serving some purpose, whether that be to improve user experience or help them get something done. I’m actually usually the person in the room advocating for technology to be the last thing to do if you cant find another way. We’re always looking for that next technology, and I think I come from a perspective of exhausting all options before introducing new technology. Because in the world of tech, there’s always unintended consequences with new technologies.

There’s a mantra out there — “move fast and break things.” I think it’s created a lot of problems beyond technology. I think there’s a way to learn and not cause chaos for chaos’ sake. That’s the way I build teams.

Do you have advice for others who are considering a career move that’s intimidating or scary?

The thing I try to remind people of is, we’re in such an exciting time in an exciting industry. We’re in a place of privilege. A lot of other people don’t have the breadth of opportunities we have as technologists. And no matter where you are in your career, if you’re actively improving yourself and looking to be a good contributor to your team, and you’re making a career choice between Job A or Job B, its really not what’s good or what’s bad — they’re usually both really good choices.

It’s more opportunity costs. Both A and B are fantastic. Trust that if it turns out that Job A wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be, you’re still in a great space and you have a great perspective of Job B and can go and be successful over there. It’s about making that choice and riding it to its conclusion and then finding the next one.

Dr. Shireen Irani featured in D Magazine’s top list of 2021 Best Dentists

Frisco orthodontist Dr. Shireen Irani featured in D Magazine’s top list of 2021 Best Dentists

Frisco, Texas – August 09, 2021 – Leading Frisco orthodontist Dr. Shireen Irani has been acknowledged as one of the top dentists by the esteemed D Magazine 2021 Best Dentists list. The prestigious honor has been bestowed upon Dr. Shireen in recognition of her exemplary contributions towards provision of best orthodontics experience for  adults and children in the Dallas area. The award-winning dentist extends industry-leading orthodontic treatment through her Frisco-based clinic mBrace Orthodontics.

D Magazine is a leading publication covering topics pertaining to the Dallas, TX area with an average readership estimated at just under 500,000 per issue. The magazine reviews dental and orthodontic providers in the Dallas / Fort Worth region and names a handful to their best of list every year.

“It’s a huge honor for me to be acknowledged by the esteemed D Magazine in their top list of 2021 Best Dentists. As a dedicated orthodontist, I have always been focused on providing the highest quality orthodontic care for my patients and it feels special to know that my hard work and commitment have been recognized by such an elite body like D Magazine”, stated Dr. Shireen Irani.

Dubbed as “Frisco’s favorite orthodontist”, Dr. Shireen Irani earned her degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in 2007. She followed up with a fellowship in Advanced Education in General Dentistry where she served as general dentist for 4 years.  She has further earned her Master of Science in Orthodontics from St. Louis University.

Over the years, Dr. Shireen has received several awards, including the International College of Dentists Leadership Award and the Eleanor J. Bushee Senior Student Award for academic excellence and outstanding leadership by the American Association of Women Dentists. The leading Frisco dentist was also on the prestigious Cumulative Dean’s Honor List. Dr. Shireen holds membership with American Association of Orthodontics and Southwestern Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Shireen Irani and her team at mBrace Orthodontics specialize in extending advanced Invisalign aligners for both adults and teens. These clear aligners are a more aesthetic and comfortable alternative to traditional braces and enable patients to pursue their lifestyle goals without any major change in social or eating habits.

mBrace Orthodontics also specializes in providing braces and offers them in various modern options. Patients can choose from colored braces, clear braces for a cleaner aesthetic experience and so on. For those who want a personalized experience, the clinic extends cutting-edge WildSmiles braces that can be customized into various shapes, like hearts, diamonds, footballs and more.

“We assure you best-in-class orthodontic treatment backed by the latest technologies and tools, amid a relaxed and fun environment.”

As a dedicated professional, Dr. Shireen is committed to excel in orthodontics through continued education and upgradation of her treatment as per the latest techniques and technologies in orthodontics.

For more information, please visit https://bracesfrisco.com

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Justice Nariman Retires

“Justice Rohinton Nariman was the finest Chief Justice India never had,” lawyers and judges pay tributeBar & Bench spoke to judges who worked closely with Justice Nariman and lawyers who appeared frequently before him to understand the impact of his seven-year-long tenure at the Bench. Much has been written and spoken about Justice Rohinton Nariman, the “lion” of the Supreme Court who recently …www.barandbench.com
“Supreme Court now a National Court of Appeal rather than a constitutional court:” Justice Rohinton Nariman“The fact that we can write dissent today is a great matter. You finish one judgment and there are three others. It is not that people don’t dissent, today but now it is a national court of appeal and not a constitutional court,” said Justice Nariman.www.barandbench.com
Justice Nariman Advises Youngsters To Do Diverse Studies : ‘More You Take Things Outside Law, More It Helps You With Law’Retired Supreme Court judge Justice Rohinton Nariman advised young lawyers and students to do as much diverse studies as they can of things outside the field of law.”The more diverse your …www.livelaw.in
Mumbai: ‘Comparative religion study’ prepared Justice Nariman for a life in the courts | Mumbai News – Times of IndiaMumbai: At the Tata Agiary in Bandra, a pre-teen was ordained a priest in the late 1960s. The child priest on Thursday retired as Justice Rohinton Nariman, from the nation’s highest court.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Mithan Lam, A Powerful Advocate for India’s Women

This post originally appeared on Murder Is Everywhere.

The barrister Mithan Jamshed Lam

The barrister Mithan Jamshed Lam

True tales of women breaking barriers to forbidden places, and bettering the lives of others, are inspiring. Mithan Jamshed Lam is one of these legendary women. Recently I chatted about this illustrious lady (who passed away in 1981) with another woman who is doing important civil rights work in contemporary India, the Mumbai solicitor Parinaz Madan. In an interesting twist, Parinaz is married to Dinyar Patel, a professor and author of Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism.

I was fortunate enough to meet Parinaz and Dinyar in real life last January at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club in Mumbai. We dined on a delicious biryani and many other dishes as we discussed the history of the city and the freedom movement. They are both Parsis and have been kind enough to also answer my questions about the minutiae of the community’s cultural life. Their assistance was key in creating realistic social situations in my forthcoming novel, The Bombay Prince.

Last year, Parinaz and Dinyar wrote an article for BBC News about Bombay’s first woman barrister, Mithan Ardeshir Tata, known after her marriage as Mithan Jamshed Lam. In 1924, Mithan became the first woman advocate permitted to argue cases at Bombay’s High Court. Mithan’s education, family background, and relentless struggle for women’s rights were influential in the development of my series protagonist, Perveen Mistry.

It was much harder for me to find scholarly material about Mithan than Cornelia Sorabji. In 2016, I bought a reprint of her autobiography, Autumn Leaves, at the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, a center for Parsi scholarship. The autobiography is dominated by the stories of Mithan’s world travels. I wanted to know specifics about her life in India, so I’ve put some questions to Parinaz about her.

Were Mithan’s parents encouraging of her career choice as a lawyer? Were there any other events in her youth that pushed her toward the field?

Mithan’s autobiography lends the impression that her family had very progressive leanings.

She describes her father Ardeshir as a man of “liberal views” who wholeheartedly backed her academic pursuits. In fact, her father spurred his studious wife Herabai to complete her B.A. degree, by employing a number of tutors for her.

Mithan also seems to have shared a very close and almost sororal bond with her mother, which is not surprising, considering that they were separated by only seventeen years in age!

As a teenager, Mithan was clearly inspired by her mother’s social activism and commitment to securing equal voting rights for women and that likely set the stage for her active participation in the female suffragist movement subsequently. She was all of 21 when she was chosen, alongside her mother, to deliver evidence on the necessity of female suffrage in India to the British Parliament.

Mithan had a stellar academic track record even before studying law: she obtained her B.A. from Elphinstone College, Bombay and was the first woman to be awarded the Cobden Club Medal for securing the highest marks in Economics. She then went on to pursue an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics, while her mother was studying for a Social Service course at the same university.

Since Mithan’s childhood and early life were steeped in political and social activism, law may have seemed to be the most natural career choice for her. She probably recognised the potential of a legal career to create lasting and meaningful reform in areas that she deeply cared about, such as women and children rights, and was ably supported by her parents along the way.

Mithan, standing by her mother, Herabai, in 1919

Mithan, standing by her mother, Herabai, in 1919

Cornelia Sorabji is arguably the most renowned female lawyer from colonial India. Her career was divided between private practice in a firm with her brother in Allahabad, and many more years working throughout India as a legal investigator for the Indian Civil Service. She was almost 31 years older than Mithan, but was called to the Bar in Britain (i.e. admitted to practice in courts) after Mithan. Could you explain why that happened? 

Yes, Cornelia was the first woman to study law at Oxford in 1889 (nearly a decade before Mithan was even born). However, she could not be called to the Bar after finishing her law exams because women were prohibited from practicing law in Britain, until the passage of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, 1919.

This Act which opened the doors for women to be admitted to the Bar in the United Kingdom was passed only in 1919. Mithan who was fortuitously in London at the time was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1920, followed by Cornelia who returned from India to Britain two years later. Mithan became the first woman to be called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in January 1923 when she was 24. Cornelia was actually called to the Bar a few months later than Mithan in June, when she was 55.

Providentially, the Indian government also abolished restrictions on women to practice law in 1923: the same year that Mithan set sail to India after finishing her studies in London. This enabled her to kickstart her legal career as the first female lawyer in the Bombay High Court in 1924. I think she sums all this up quite aptly in her autobiography: “I must have been born under a lucky star, for I always found myself in the right place at the right time.”

What was Mithan’s life like when she started working as a barrister? Did you uncover any stories of success and struggles against discrimination?

Ironically, Mithan bagged her first legal case from a client who wanted to “inflict upon the opponent the humiliation of being defeated by a woman.” She recalls feeling like “a new animal at the zoo” while appearing in court, arousing the curiosity of men who peeped through its doorways to catch a glimpse of this unique species. Understandably, this made her feel extremely “self-conscious”. Such acts of discrimination notwithstanding, newspaper records reveal that Mithan practiced in court for about 15 years from her enrolment as a lawyer in 1924 in India.

Mithan was extremely outspoken on women’s rights. Tell us about some of her work in that area, and the legislation she proposed.

Apart from the female suffrage activities that Mithan is renowned for, she was a staunch advocate for amending marriage, divorce, inheritance and guardianship laws in India to make them fairer to women, often drawing upon international legislation. As a Zoroastrian herself, her legal expertise was sought in reforming the laws for marriage and divorce in the Parsi community.

One of the women’s organisations that she was most prominently associated with was the All-India Women’s Conference. As its President, she propounded a shift of focus from “sewing and cutting classes” for women to their more active participation in industries and emphasised on the need for family planning. She also encouraged women to take a more active role in civic engagement and public works in the country. After the partition of India in 1947, Mithan was tasked with being the Chairperson of a committee constituted for resettling refugee women and children in Bombay.

But her activism was not restricted to only women’s issues. She also spearheaded hunger eradication programs, anti-child labour advocacy and slum improvement projects in India. In 1928, she joined protests with the Bombay Youths League about a proposed school fee hike for secondary education in India. The Bombay Chronicle noted “The ridiculous plea that higher education should be further taxed to find funds for primary education is aptly described by Miss Tata as the policy of robbing Peter to pay Paul.” These protests may have had a hand in the government backing down on the fee hike attempt for colleges and schools eventually.

Mithan married in 1933, probably at age 35. Do you know anything about her husband Jamshed Lam’s feelings about her continued activism and legal activities?

I will let Mithan’s autobiography do the talking for this question. She describes Jamshed, a lawyer himself, as “a wonderful and loving husband” who “was proud of my achievements and helped to advance me in every way….I have been greatly lucky in my menfolk–a liberal father of very advanced views, a loving and generous husband, and a fine son of whom any parent would be very proud.”

How do you describe Mithan’s legacy for women in India? 

Mithan left behind an invaluable legacy for women in the legal profession and beyond. Demolishing patriarchal stereotypes of what a woman can and cannot achieve, particularly in traditionally male-dominated fields, was the cornerstone of her career.

While Mithan was a woman of many firsts, she did not work in silos but mentored scores of other women. Prominent among them was Violet Alva who was a law student at Government Law College, Bombay when Mithan was a professor there. Violet subsequently went on to become the Deputy Home Minister of India and the first female Deputy Chair of the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of Parliament). Examining the life stories of trailblazing women like Mithan makes us realise that a lot of rights that we, as Indian women, enjoy today, such as the right to vote or work, were achieved on the back of the unwavering efforts of such pioneers.

Parinaz Madan

Parinaz Madan

As a solicitor in Bombay, you work hard as legal advisor at a prominent company, yet you make time for  pro bono work. Tell us about the pro bono organization you work with.  

In addition to the corporate law work I do, I am also a member of iProbonoIt is a global organization which connects lawyers with non-profits and social enterprises in need of pro bono legal assistance. Over the past few years of my association with iProbono, my work has involved advising schools, innovations labs, mental health professionals and organisations working for the underprivileged on a number of education, child rights, disabilities and medical laws in India.

Law is a very potent instrument for social change and I believe that in a developing country like India, especially, there is tremendous scope for lawyers to create systems and establish precedents from the ground up.

You’ve said that India has some of the strongest child abuse laws in the world, but these laws aren’t often exercised properly. Can you give an example of how this could be changed?

In 2019, the Economist Intelligence Unit published a report evaluating the response of sixty countries, across the development spectrum, to the scourge of child abuse. Interestingly, India ranked the highest amongst all the surveyed countries in terms of the strength of its legal framework for protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. However, awareness of these laws remains low and their implementation remains challenging, given the high rates of child abuse in the country.

Now, child abuse is a very pervasive and complex problem and its eradication needs resolute engagement from various stakeholders, both government and private. However, one of the ways in which organisations interacting with children (like schools, children’s shelters etc.) can mitigate child abuse is by developing effective child protection policies, as an article I’ve recently written demonstrates. Such policies typically contain a blend of preventive and remedial child protection measures. In the absence of such policies, organisations often deal with child abuse incidents arbitrarily and without regard to the law, causing grave prejudice to the interests of children under their care. Through iProbono, we assist various civil society organisations in drafting and implementing child protection policies, to foster a safe and child-friendly environment.

The pandemic has many people working from home. Do you see this is an opportune time for more persons with disabilities (PWDs) to have a chance to enter the Indian workforce? What are the factors that make it difficult for PWDs to work? Is there a national law in existence for enabling disability inclusion in the workplace?

The employment rates of PWDs in the Indian corporate sector are abysmally low barring, of course, a few outliers. A study published by the Business Standard in 2019 noted that PWDs constitute less than 0.5 per cent of employees in India’s top companies. In India, the Rights of PWDs Act, 2016 is a national-level legislation that requires companies to develop equal opportunity policies and create an accessible environment for their employees, but its implementation remains patchy.

Historically, taboos associated with disabilities and low literacy levels have kept a lot of PWDs out of the workforce. Social isolation and a lack of employment opportunities, posed by the Covid-19 crisis, have hit PWDs further.

But, some disability rights activists see a silver lining to this crisis: the pandemic has impelled companies to adopt remote working policies and technologies which certain groups of PWDs have long demanded as reasonable accommodations. Needless to say, it is imperative that such technologies are designed to be accessible to PWDs, to facilitate their meaningful participation in work.  In a 2020 piece I wrote for Business Standard, I’ve argued that there is a strong legal, business and moral case for disability inclusion in the Indian corporate sector, particularly in the light of the pandemic. I think the ILO’s Director-General summarizes the essence of this fittingly: “A disability-inclusive response means a better response for us all.”

Mithan Lam, A Powerful Advocate for India’s Women

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman : Priest at Heart Jurist by Profession

By Vineet Malik | London, England | February 06, 2021

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on July 07, 2014.

Nariman’s retirement is due in August this year.

He is no ordinary Judge.

Justice Markandey Katju (Ret’d), on his blog revealed that, Nariman was trained as a learned Parsi priest at a tender age of 12.

He was taught at the Harvard Law School by the stalwarts; Professors Laurence Tribe and Roberto Unger. He practiced Maritime Law in New York at Haight Gardner Poor and Havens for a year.

In November, 2016 Nariman while launching his book : The Inner Fire, left his audience spellbound when he spoke at length on drawing a parallel between various faiths and the importance of karma in life.

Lawyers swear by Nariman’s integrity and impeccable knowledge of international laws and bona-fide litigants are often seen walking out crying from his court.

Wrongdoer’s shiver for getting their pleadings converted to perjury as Nariman’s memory is compared with an elephant and resolve to dispense justice is always at fore.

Justice Madan Lokur, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India says, Having known Rohinton from our days in the Law Faculty of Delhi University, I can confidently say, that he is a greater and more versatile genius.

Nariman is often described as a “Rockstar Judge” after he struck down ‘draconian’ Section 66A of the Information Technology Act from the Constitution through his 123 page judgment.

The landmark judgement ruled vide Shreya Singhal Vs Union of India stated, “No one can tamper with the Constitution, Governments may come and Governments may go but Section 66A goes on forever.”

The ruling reflects intolerance of people who misused the law to gag the Constitutional provisions of right to freedom of speech and expression in India.

His another judgment on dissent in the matter of Kantaru Rajeevaru Vs Indian Young Lawyers Association resurrected the Constitutional values where-in it stated, “Women worshippers were thwarted despite a judgment ruled by the Supreme Court upholding their fundamental right to equality and worship at the Sabarimala temple.”

“It was up to the Government, it’s ministers and it’s officials to firm up and implement the judgment. The dissent, be it the Prime Minister or a Chief Minister, who failed to follow the judgment violated the rule of law.”

 

Nariman scrapped the 19th century law criminalising homosexuality vide Navtej Singh Johar & Ors. Vs Union of Indiawhich stated, “The whole object of fundamental rights is to give court power to strike down laws which a majoritarian governments, swung by votes, will not repeal. We don’t wait for majoritarian governments to repeal laws.”

One of the most recent controversial order passed by Nariman pertains to issuance of notice against a lower court Judge alleging contempt of the top court and contravention of statutory articles of the Constitution vide Manubhai Hargovandas Patel Vs Learned A.P Khanorkar, Metropolitan Magistrate, 68th Court, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Dinshaw K. Tamboly, Chairman, The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust says,

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman has grown in stature every time he has delivered a judgement, fortifying the necessity of what Caroline Kennedy has mentioned – “the bedrock of democracy is the true rule of law which means having an independent judiciary who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.


Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman has established that wisdom is not a product of schooling but lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Indian judiciary is very fortunate that it has in Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman a judge who believes and practices that justice must be done, even though the heavens may have to fall, that real peace does not mean the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice.

India survives as a democracy because Judges such as Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and the likes of him have been dispensing real justice to one and all. His stint as a Judge of the highest Court of our land will be remembered for a very long time to come.”

Dr. Khushroo Shroff

DPYA HIGH SCHOOL Salutes  Ex- Student , Dr. Khushroo Shroff , the lead research scientist of the Pfizer Pharma  team who have successfully developed their COVID 19 vaccine.

A proud moment for all Indian Parsis, who are making history around the globe.
Kudos to him & DPYA High School . 🔥🌹🔥

Yes he is Dr.Khushroo Shroff. Green House. He was Western India boxing champion.

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