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Nani Palkhivala The Courtroom Genius is a book written about the great practices and the life of famous Indian jurist, Nani A. Palkhivala
Summary Of The Book
Nanabhoy A. Palkhivala was a prominent Indian jurist and economist. He grew up in Bombay, and his initial interest was in the commercial and income tax laws. He was thirty years old when he authored one of the finest works in Economics, The Law and Practice of Income Tax.
He rapidly grew important in courts and ten years after his entry to the bar, he argued in the Supreme Court of India. He was a phenomenon in court. Students and staunch followers flocked courts during his sessions. He had an unbeatable memory and strong persuasive power. He was known for remembering finer details which were barely known facts.
The book chronicles the journey of Nani Palkhivala as a lawyer and contains greatly known incidents of his arguments in court. His cases at the Supreme Court include the Mandal Commission, Bank Nationalisation, the Election Commission, Privy Purses, and Golak Nath among others. He also represented India in three international disputes.
He was a formidable wall for his opponents, and his style of argument was one of a kind. He was known to have initially rejected a seat in the Supreme Court, and after a great deal of persuasion, he accepted the post of Attorney General. His lectures on annual budgets always had a huge audience.
His final days were the most painful for his followers, as he was taken critically ill by Alzheimer’s disease. He could not remember details as effectively as he used to during cases in court. After a prolonged illness and mental degeneration, he breathed his last in December 2002, at the age of 82.
About The Authors
Soli J. Sorabjee is an Indian jurist and former Attorney General of India.
He has authored many books in law, some of them being Famous Judges, Lawyers and Cases of Bombay, How to Be Happy, Law and Justice: An Anthology, and World of All Human Rights. Apart from books, he has also written columns for The Indian Express, and articles in journals like Commonwealth Law Journal Bulletin and Public Law.
He was born and educated in Bombay, where he entered the bar in 1953 after obtaining a degree from the Government Law College. He has worked on cases like the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and the Governors’ dismissal without due cause. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his defense in the freedom of expression and the protection of human rights.
Sorabjee also holds the position of Chairman of Transparency International and Convenor of the Minority Rights Group.
Aravind Datar is also an Indian journalist and an advocate.
He’s known to have co-authored many books with Soli J. Sorabjee. His other works include Datar Commentary on Constitution of India and Guide to Central Excise Law and Practice.
|Publisher||Lexisnexis Butterworths Wadhwa|
|Number of Pages||455 Pages|
I am not studying law (though I intend to in the future)..but I am always keen and enthusiastic about reading such books and I saw this book on Flipkart and decided to give it a try.. I have read the book completely and I am speechless! Overhelmed by the content and the descriptive narration of our highly controversial post-independence legal, judicial and constitutional changes.. Nani Palkhivala's qualities are till date unmatched and are most unlikely to be even equalised in the future! He is one man which every aspiring lawyer dreams to become..! The work and the extensive reasearch of the authors as well as the efforts of all those contribution has made this book possible clearly oozes out of every page-every para.! There are indeed more than 100 people - not ordinary, but people who are/were at the apex of their profession - be it law, chartered accountancy or advocacy.. such more than 100 people who have sacrificed n given up their work and full fledgedly worked hard for the making of this book is surely commendable and this work cannot be forgotten by anyone who reads this book..! I would like to sum up by saying that this book is surely going to capture the reader's interest and attention once he starts reading the book.. "Who knew that our basic constitutional structure is a result of high drama and innumerable court cases and all that unfolds in full depth in this book"..! -Kaivalya Shimpi, (Chartered Accountancy + Company Secretaryship Student)
This book travels with life of Nani P with a precise legal acumen making finest compilation of his life, work and contribution to India's legal heritage.
It tracks his early life, meteoric rise to stardom and his journey as a conscience keeper of nation when it was in turbulent mode. Legal summary in major cases with position of law, judgement and its current position makes this book as lexicon of Indian law and tax practice.
Parts outlying position taken by government in fundamental rights case, privy purse, minerva mills and absurdity of manual commission report glares the reader to which depths Indian democracy has sinked. Nani P has always stood for what is right and his fight is well documented in this book by those who worked with him closely.
"Courtroom Genius" acts as a time traveller in understanding history of India after Independence along with providing an insider's account of Nani P, advocacy skills, glimpses of his opinion, case references, important written references and articles. Recommending cases of must read is an added feature which may help young CA's mind- "how to shoot " !
Every chapter is gripping and tightly packed making it as thriller read ! Just can't put hands down and language is lucid enough to make anybody read and grasp its contents. To conclude, this book leaves with magnitude of admiration and gratitude for Nani P.
Appendices are precious jewels which leaves reader spellbound.
" Must Buy treasure " and its already on third reprint.
A must read for a Law students and aspiring litigators.
The book takes you through the journey of a legal luminary who in true sense defended the democracy and spirit of Constitution.
Though its 450+ pages, but its a mesmerising tale of Palkhivala's odyssey through Bombay High Court to Supreme Court of India and finally to International Court of Justice.
The authors have used simple language and tried to accommodate the readers with minute legal understanding. Landmark cases are discussed in detail which no Law student would find in any textbook. And readers like me; born post-emergency, would get the feel of what was the situation like during emergency era and how a single man during that time made a huge difference between a democracy and totalitarian regime.
The book is illustrative of the inspiring and illustrious career of arguably world's one of the top ten lawyers ever.
A must for every law student or an enthusiast one.
The book has prominent cases in appendix, chiefly Golak Nath case, Kesavananda Bharti Case.
The fact that the book is co-authored by Soli Sorabjee makes it a good combine of intellectual insight too.