“Justice is never given, it has to be achieved.” – A. Philip Randolph
Coming from a typical Marwari business family, I did not know much about the law or the legal profession until college. I never felt the need to know the law. During my school days, I was good in studies and participated in speech and debate competitions, and therefore like any typical Indian, I took up Science as my major in higher secondary. Within a month, I realized that I had no interest in what I was studying and switched to Commerce. Here too, I did not feel much interest. Somehow I completed school and joined college, where I was doing my Bachelors in Commerce.
Amidst my dilemma as to what I should be doing in life, two events happened in my life. One, I was arrested by the policemen for absolutely no reason; and second, my interest in contemporary politics introduced me to a local politician who was a lawyer. The former event planted the motivation in me to know my rights and challenge the administration, while the latter got me into the world of law. I learned that most of our freedom fighters were lawyers, which led me to research more about them. I started reading more about our Independence struggle, the making of Constitution, and most importantly, the parliamentary debates. It was at this moment that I knew what I wanted to study and do in life, and there began my fascination for law.
It was in my third year in college that I decided to pursue law after my graduation. I joined a local private college for the 3 years LL.B course. As I began studying law, my frustration with the legal system in India kept multiplying with time. The speed in which court proceedings happen, the number of cases pending, the date-after-date scenario, unprofessionalism amongst the lawyers – all of these deviated me from Litigation. It is a fact that we need major reforms in the Indian legal system, or else ‘justice’ would remain a distant dream for the common people. As of today, in my opinion, one major way of bringing in reform is to make Alternative Dispute Resolution as Primary and Preferred Dispute Resolution mechanism. Outside court settlement between the parties should be encouraged by the Courts.
After the wonderful decision I made to pursue law, Arbitration and Mediation (“A&M”) have been my keen interest. I strongly feel that A&M will not only help in reducing the number of pending cases significantly, but also harmonize the relationship between the parties because, in this system of justice delivery, all stakeholders of a dispute reach a certain compromise and develop a win-win situation. It is worth mentioning that today the Governments are also pushing towards outside court settlement before approaching the Courts. Although we consider Judiciary as the third pillar of Democracy, there is an emerging need to support the pillar by reducing the pressure we put on Courts. I dream of India becoming a nation where parties in distress do not have to wait for decades to get justice.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
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