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  1. 4 out of 5

    Arun Divakar

    In early January 2018, four serving judges of the Supreme Court of India (CJI) namely : Justices Chelameshwar, Kurian Joseph, Madan B Lokur and Ranjan Gogoi held an unprecedented press conference which alleged that there were certain issues plaguing the apex court of India. This pretty much sent shock waves through the society at large as the judiciary was seen as an unshakeable pillar of the Indian system which dealt with its internal affairs behind closed rooms (thus far). And hence to have fo In early January 2018, four serving judges of the Supreme Court of India (CJI) namely : Justices Chelameshwar, Kurian Joseph, Madan B Lokur and Ranjan Gogoi held an unprecedented press conference which alleged that there were certain issues plaguing the apex court of India. This pretty much sent shock waves through the society at large as the judiciary was seen as an unshakeable pillar of the Indian system which dealt with its internal affairs behind closed rooms (thus far). And hence to have four senior judges come out and blow the whistle left a lot many Indians surprised. The Chief Justice of India (CJI) – Deepak Mishra (at that point in time) stepped in and conducted extensive discussions with his dissenting colleagues and tried to bring matters to a closure. This has pretty much become lore now as three of the judges have since then retired and the fourth (Ranjan Gogoi) is the current CJI. This book appears to be a hastily put together one which collects a series of articles by a senior advocate of the SC – Fali S Nariman in the background of this historic press conference. There is a slightly longish essay that debates the merits and demerits of the judges appearing before the press, another one on the historic importance of the former judicial activist and SC judge V R Krishna Iyer etc. Even on a customary reading you can understand that there is no underlying narrative thread that connects these essays and other than the splendid language used by Nariman in his writing, I did not pick up much from this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vivek Anandh

    A hurriedly put together book. Glaring mistakes plagues most pages of the books. At the best this can be called as a lengthy blog post. Certainly not worth the name of the author. The blame squarely lies on the editors. Just to rake in the sales by getting this out at a time when the tension from the corridors of Supreme Court was yet to die out, they have utterly failed to do their homework.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arun Pandiyan

    The year 2017 and 2018 are considered to be the most controversial years in Indian Supreme Court History. From the contempt proceedings against Justice C.S. Karnan to four senior judges taking their grievance against sitting Chief Justice of India to the press, the series of events and major judgements thus followed had impacted the third pillar of democracy. On the backdrop of those events, in this book, Nariman discusses various issues concerning the judiciary in dozen of essays with his eloqu The year 2017 and 2018 are considered to be the most controversial years in Indian Supreme Court History. From the contempt proceedings against Justice C.S. Karnan to four senior judges taking their grievance against sitting Chief Justice of India to the press, the series of events and major judgements thus followed had impacted the third pillar of democracy. On the backdrop of those events, in this book, Nariman discusses various issues concerning the judiciary in dozen of essays with his eloquent and succinct writing, keeping in view that the reader would not necessarily be a law graduate. With numerous reference to Granville Austin, Nariman had chiseled core concepts of democracy and constitution in his 300 page book. Apart from certain judicial jargons such as Master of Roster, collegium, prospective overruling. Etc which needs referring to google, this books stands out as a treasure for anyone interested in post independence events which shaped the Indian judiciary. The author had mastered the art of story telling by repeatedly taking us back to the important events in Indian history such as Kesavanada Bharati vs Union of India, the landmark judgement which outlined the 'Basic Structure Doctrine', the appointment of A.N. Ray as Chief Justice superceding three senior judges of his time, the only occasion in Indian history when the CJI became acting president, repeal of protection of publication act during emergency and the time when Communist Party of India pressurized the house speaker belonging to their party to vote against then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the no confidence motion, only to later expel him from the party, just because he wanted to be neutral (as he held the position of speaker). Nariman was flag-bearer of federalism, secularism, minority rights, freedom of speech and equality and his career and writings are proof for it. Apart from his fruitful career in Indian judiciary, Nariman had also served as Member of Parliament under Prime Minister Vajpayee, and in this book he had discussed his vision for parliamentary ethics where disruption and protest in form of walk out should be confined to a time period of fifteen minutes. My favourite part of the book is a separate essay on Justice Krishna Iyer, under the topic 'The Super Judge'. Writing his tribute to one of the most innovative, underdog, compassionate and grandest maverick in India's legal history, Nariman takes us back to 1979 when Justice Krishna Iyer upheld gender equality under article 14, in the case of C.B. Muthamma, India's first woman foreign service officer, who was denied promotion as ambassador to foreign nations. Declaring that "there is transparent discrimination against women in IFS rules", Krishna Iyer passed a brave and far sighted judgement in favour of Muthamma, ultimately getting her the promotion she deserved. To summarise, which is Supreme under our constitution? The Parliament or the Supreme Court? The answer is neither. It is the constitution that is supreme and this book is a valuable reminder that the constitution is the roadmap to an egalatarian India, only if the apex court and the judges upholds it's morality.

  4. 5 out of 5

    The Balaji

    Fali Nariman, who can be otherwise called the Grand Old Man of the Bar, needs no introduction to lawyers and, in fact, to anyone having something to do with law. He has previously authored three books including his bestselling autobiography “Before Memory Fades” and the book in hand entitled “God Save the Hon’ble Supreme Court” does not fail to evoke curiosity amongst the legal fraternity. The title of the book would instigate one to think that the author must have critically rebuked the functio Fali Nariman, who can be otherwise called the Grand Old Man of the Bar, needs no introduction to lawyers and, in fact, to anyone having something to do with law. He has previously authored three books including his bestselling autobiography “Before Memory Fades” and the book in hand entitled “God Save the Hon’ble Supreme Court” does not fail to evoke curiosity amongst the legal fraternity. The title of the book would instigate one to think that the author must have critically rebuked the functioning of apex court in the book. But that’s not the case with the book. The title relates to the traditional chant uttered by the the Marshal of the American Supreme Court (counterpart of Orderly in Indian courts) at 10 am when the nine justices of the Supreme Court enter into the courtroom and the author, referring to the recent happenings in the apex court, remarks in jest that it would not be inappropriate to put the said chant on the lips of all Indians. The book in hand is a compilation of well researched essays on different topics in law. The first two chapters discusses about the rebel justices (after all that’s how they are famously or infamously called) of our apex court who publicized their differences of opinion with the Chief Justice of India by holding a press conference and the author has recorded his unsolicited opinion as to its propriety by taking the reader’s attention to similar incidents that took place in foreign jurisdictions. He concludes the chapter by quoting the famous saying “Citadel never falls except from within” whereby impliedly expressing that the the apex court, if at all loses public confidence, can only be because of its justices and not of any external factor. One interesting chapter discusses about the lawyers and the lawgivers i.e. legislators wherein he remarks that today there is a close race between the lawyer and the lawgiver as to which is lower in publicity esteem. He further tells (to use the expression ‘admits’ would be more apt) that the rule often said by lawyers that a lawyer should not decline a brief of a client for no reason whatsoever is not based on ethics but selfish one created by the lawyers themselves in the yesteryear. He also goes on to discuss about the current crucial legal issues viz. right to freedom of press, possible plight of minorities, etc. There is also a separate chapter on Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer whom he refers to as “Super Judge” and on Mr.R.N.Trivedi, whom he calls a fine lawyer and a great friend. Both these chapters are in the form of paying tribute to the said personalities and especially the one about Justice Krishna Iyer will shed more light on the humanely quality of the great judicial mind. This book is certainly worth the time spent reading it not only for law men and women but for anyone having an ear on what is happening in our country.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandeep Bhat

    With an eloquent writing style, Fali Nariman explains the nuances of Indian law. Employing a humourous tone, he succeeds in giving a frank disposition of courtroom banter, historical anecdotes via extensive referencing. With initial chapter a bit technical, the latter chapters become a delight for the uninitiated. With inclusion of frequently debated topics of role of Chief Justice and seniority while appointment in judges, the book is much helpful to understand if the reader makes some efforts With an eloquent writing style, Fali Nariman explains the nuances of Indian law. Employing a humourous tone, he succeeds in giving a frank disposition of courtroom banter, historical anecdotes via extensive referencing. With initial chapter a bit technical, the latter chapters become a delight for the uninitiated. With inclusion of frequently debated topics of role of Chief Justice and seniority while appointment in judges, the book is much helpful to understand if the reader makes some efforts to read about the judgements quoted when the writer makes a point. Special mention for the chapter dedicated to Justice Krishna Iyer. Though a oft repeated name in the judicial circles, it was a pleasure knowing the contributions of "Super Judge" of India.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Prakash Holla

    Author narrates the importance of constitution well mingling it with his experience of several decades of legal practice and also the opinions of luminaries in the field from the world over. To be vigilant in a democracy one needs to be well versed with the intricacies and implications of our constitution, which the author does well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adwait Bhonde

    A book by one of the finest legal minds in India. This book will interest you more if you are a lawyer of somebody from a law background. In my experience, I did not feel like taking a pause while reading this book. The author has put up his thoughts regarding controversial cases involving the Supreme Court quite lucidly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vivekananda Ravichandran

    It was difficult to understand what is conveyed at times for a lay person who wants to understand and know about their own supreme Court. Took a lot of time to Google what is conveyed. So yeah it gave me this book was meant for llb academia or lawyers for a lay person not so much. So I deduct 2 stars and give 3.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samarvir Singh

  10. 5 out of 5

    thecasualreader

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rupertt Wind

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amala

  13. 4 out of 5

    Saket S

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nikunj

  15. 4 out of 5

    Manya

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shivam Singh

  17. 5 out of 5

    Viraj

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nishabdo

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abhas Kumar

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Yakub

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jagriti Mishra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shambhavi Sinha

  23. 5 out of 5

    Supreet Johal

  24. 5 out of 5

    arnab ghosal

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mayur

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shariq

  27. 4 out of 5

    Harshvardhansinh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sankalp Srivastava

  29. 5 out of 5

    Veera Venkata Harish P

  30. 5 out of 5

    Polly Kar

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