MEDHAVI CHHATRA AWARDS
This project launched in 2016 is aimed at encouraging young students of Chaturvedi community to strive to excel in academic performance. Students who score highest marks in the Board examination of 12th class in the specified subjects are awarded a cash prize of rupees 10,000 along with a certificate. Each award is associated with a particular person from my family in whose memory the certificate is handed over. These are enumerated below.
1. Hindi - Ms Pramila Chaturvedi
2. English - Adv Nirmal Chandra Chaturvedi
3.Mathematics - Er Abinash Chandra Chaturvedi
4.Physics - Er Harihar Nath Misra
5.Biology - Patrakar Madhur Chaturvedi
6.Political Science - Prof. Sharad Chandra Chaturvedi.
7.History - Patrakar Surendra Chaturvedi
8.Economics - Ms Rekha Chaturvedi
9.Sociology - Mr Kalika Prasad Chaturvedi
10.Accounts - Er Chaubey Mukta Prasad
11.Business Studies - Ms Urmila Misra
Awards could not be given in 2020 and 2021 due to Corona virus pandemic.
ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
These awards are presented in the shape of silver trophies given each year in the following Regiments where NK had served during his army career.
79 Medium Regiment
43 Mountain Regiment
51 Mountain Regiment
The objective of instituting these awards is to encourage all ranks to render commendable service for the unit. The best contribution for the Regiment is recognized by announcing the name of the winner. The individual chosen for the award can be an officer, JCO or other rank.
The trophies are awarded as running prizes and presented each year to any person selected by a committee headed by the commanding officer and consisting of the second in command, the subunit commanders and the Subedar Major.
MILITARY LAW LITERATURE IN INDIA
The above entry in the Wikipedia was started by NK. It traces the history and development of books published on the above topic from 1904 onward. It is meant to assist the scholars interested in the above subject with an authentic and primary source material for research.
A print impression of the Wikipedia page is reproduced for information.
FAISLEY – LOK SABHA TV
Nilendra Kumar was nominated to the Management Advisory Committee of the Lok Sabha TV by Ms Sumitra Mahajan, the then speaker.
During the above tenure, an outline proposal for a new program was conceptualized and produced by Nilendra Kumar.
It received due approval from the authorities. It suggested a regular telecast of a recent decision of the Supreme Court of India. Showcased on a weekly basis, each episode was to cover one judgement only. The aim was to explain its significance to a common man and also indicate how did it concern and impact him. The underlying object was to sensitize and educate a common citizen about the functions and role of the judiciary and thereby and enthuse in them faith and respect for the rule of law.
For each session Nilendra Kumar submitted to the Lok Sabha TV the citation of the case, its factual details, law issues involved, law laid down and the significance of the ruling to a citizen.
Anurag Punetha was detailed the anchor for most of the sessions. The programme continued for about six months. During the period it succeeded in attracting a decent viewership.
Link to one such sessions can be seen.
Dadda Baba Ke Patr
My grandfather Mr Nirmal Chandra Chaturvedi (1903 – 1975) was a lawyer, educationist, social worker, freedom fighter and congressmen based at Lucknow. He was thrice elected a member of the state Legislative Council (1952 – 66).
His letters to Nilendra Kumar penned during 1966 – 74 written after he had joined military training at the National Defense Academy record not only the family news but also civic developments, political highlights, educational activities and literary festivals. Prominent people in different fields find mentions in its pages. The incidents depicted in the letters are now part of history in their own way.
These letters numbering 98 spread over 293 pages can be accessed at in https://nilendrarekha.blogspot.com/.
Nani Palkhivala Birth Centenary Celebrations
Nani Palkhivala was an eminent lawyer, jurist, diplomat, speaker and author. He occupies a place of eminent law professionals in modern India.
My book 'Nani Palkhivala: A Role Model' published by Universal Law Publishing Co in 2004 was released by Dr APJ Kalam, the then President of India when he delivered the First Nani Palkhivala Memorial Lecture on the lawns of the Supreme Court of India.
The book carries articles on Nani Palkhivala by eminent persons like Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr Karan Singh, Dr PC Alexander, Ratan Tata, Ajay Piramal, senior advocates like Soli J Sorabji, Fali Nariman, Ram Jethmalani, PP Rao, Iqbal Chagla, KK Venugopal, Ambassador JN Dixit, Justices PN Bhagwati, RS Pathak, Vasant Sathe, Dadi Engineer, journalists CR Irani, Kuldip Nayar, and the like.
The book has since seen four enlarged editions. It has been included in the category of legal classics by the publishers.
Many of the above contributors had sent me covering letters bearing their signatures with their articles. These constitute a rare and unique collection. A number of the dignitaries are no more alive. There is a post card from Khushwant Singh declining my request for an article.
A collection of the original covering letters together with postal envelops forms an iconic collection.
Pictures of a three such letters are placed opposite.
The proceeds of the auction will be donated for education look of girl children.
Academic Excursion to Singapore
Legal education would have little meaning unless the process of learning is carried out in a clinical mode and a comparative manner. The students learn by observing how law is practiced. Such a skill can be imbibed during the process of internship and by participating in moots, mock trials and legal aid camps. Internships can be carried out at diverse places affording scope for practice and application of law. An academic excursion appears as one such option. It offers an innovative scope to observe and facilitate an exposure to legal system, framework and procedures of different jurisdictions. It stimulates an analytical and critical evaluation of different examples and situations.
Eleven students studying for their law degree in Delhi took part in an academic excursion to Singapore in 2016. The entire exercise was undertaken by Lex Consilium. The schedule of the visit was planned to coincide with the vacations between the Christmas and the New Year to avoid any absence from law classes and studies. The group of six girls and five boys were selected after proper screening of their academic attainment, discipline and other relevant attributes like communication skills and an interest in international Law.
Having regard to the limited number of days available, the itinerary planned was a suitable mix of the 'academic' and `excursion` components of the trip.
The first day of the visit was to Law Society of Singapore which is a regulatory body akin to the Bar Council of India. This program entailed presentation by three officials of the law society. These presentations covered the areas of the legal community in Singapore, conduct, enforcement, ethics and law reforms. The students also attended pre-trials chamber procedures and witnessed a live bail proceeding of an accused. The similarities and contrasts with the Indian system were discussed. Some interesting takeaways were no more than 500 law graduates were allowed to enter litigation annually and they have to carry out compulsory training under advocates.
The next day students were taken to the Supreme Court of Singapore. The students were first taken to the visitors’ gallery and given a briefing. Then they were taken to a training chamber build to train lawyers and judges in statutory and procedural laws in an interactive IT mode. Later, students attended an ongoing proceeding relation to drug carrying charges. Further, no photography was allowed inside the court premises.
Later that day, students were taken to the TATA Sons office at 78 Shenton Way. They were escorted to the conference room where they attended a talk by the Resident Director, Mr. KV Rao followed by the Regional Head ASEAN, Mr. Varun Mehta. The talks were interactive and students were enlightened about entry at multi-jurisdictional corporate locations. Each student was presented with a copy of a book on Jamshedji Tata.
The last day of the tour led the students to the Parliament of Singapore. After passing the rigorous security check, the students were welcomed and briefed by the Dy. Clerk of the Singapore Parliament who was to be their tour guide. The students visited the visitor’s gallery and discussed the similarities and differences with the Indian parliamentary system, also what can the Indian system learn from its Singapore counterpart regarding functioning, the place of religion, education, and so on.
Such excursions are likely to become more common in the coming years having regard to the interest generated and space occupied in social media. The cost involved may not see this alternative being taken up by a majority. However, the students who can afford the expenses will definitely stand to gain from a visit to different destinations.