THE AILING PLANET

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THE AILING PLANET:

THE AILING PLANET -BY NANI PALKHIVALA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR EARLY YEARS- NANI PALKHIVALA WAS BORN IN 1920 IN BOMBAY TO BLUE COLLAR’ MIDDLE CLASS PARSI PARENTS.HIS FAMILY NAME DERIVES FROM THE PROFESSION OF HIS FOREFATHER’ WHO HAD BEEN

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MANUFACTURES OF PLANQUINS (PALKHIS). HE WAS EDUCATED AT MASTER’ TUTORIAL HIGH SCHOOL & LATER AT ST.XAVIER COLLEGE’ HE EARNED A MASTER’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH LITERLATURE.

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OPON GRADUATING, NANI APPLIED FOR A POSITION AS LECTURE AT BOMBAY UNIVERSITY, BUT WAS NOT AWARDED THE POST. SOON HE FOUND HIMSELF TRYING TO OBTAIN ADMISSION TO INSITUTIONS BUT IT BEING LATE IN THE TERM MOST COURCES WERE CLOSED.

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ENTRY TO THE BAR- NANI PALKHIVALA WAS CALLED TO THE BAR IN 1944 & SERVED IN THE CHAMBERS OF THE LEGENDARY SIR JAMSHEDJI IN BOMBAY. HE QUICKLY GAINED A REPUTATION AS AN ELOQUENT & ARTICULATE BARRISTER,& WAS OFTEN THE CENTER OF ATTENTION IN COURT.

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WHERE THE STUDENTS OF LAW & YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION WOULD FLOCK TO WATCH HIM. HIS EXCELLENT COURT CRAFT & AN EXTRA-ORDINARY ABILITY TO RECALL BARELY KNOWN FACTS RENERED HIM AN IRRESISTIBLE FORCE.

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BY 1954 THEREFORE,BARELY 10 YEARS AFTER HIS ADMISSION TO THE BAR. NANI PALKHIVALA WAS ARGUING BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT. IT WAS IN THIS, HIS FIRST CASE BEFORE THAT COURT & THAT HE FIRST ARTICULATED HIS FAMOUS STATEMENTS ON THE INVIOLATE .

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RECOGNITION PALKHIVALA RECEIVED A GREAT DEAL OF RECOGNITION FROM ACADEMICS INSITUTIONS & GOVERNMENT. IN 1963 NANI WAS OFFERED A SEAT ON THE SUPREME COURT BUT HE DECLINED. NANI PALKHIVALA RECEIVED HONORARY DOCTORATES FROM RUTGERS ,AMBEDKAR UNIVERSITY .

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THE ECONOMIST NANI PALKHIVALA WAS ONE OF THE LEADING INTERPRETERS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW & A MOST ARDENT DEFENDER OF THE CIVIL LIBERTIES GURANTEE BY THE CONSITUTION, HIS LEGACY ALSO INCLUDES THE AFOREMENTIONED BOOK, THE LAW & PRACTICE OF INCOME TAX. WHICH HE CO-AUTHORED WITH HIS MENTOR SIR JAMSHEDJI.

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FINAL DAYS IN THE LAST YEARS OF HIS LIFE NANI WAS SEVERELY AFFECTED BY ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. ACCORDING TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SOLI JAMSHED WHO HAD KNOWN HIM FOR MANY YEARS, IT WAS PAINFUL TO SEE THAT A PERSON

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SO ELOQUENT & ARTICULATE UNABLE TO SPEAK OR RECOGNISE PERSON EXPECT OCCASIONALLY IN A MOMENTARY FLASH. NANI PALKHIVALA WAS TAKEN CRITICALLY ILL ON DEC 7, 2002 & TAKEN TO JASLOK HOSPITAL IN MUMBAI. HE DIED ON WEDNESDAY, DEC 11 2002. HE WAS 82.

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