The foundation of a good stable nation is built by the dedication of hard-working, intelligent men. Lawyers have the best grasp on the knowledge of the system of their country. Everyone knows that only once you are within the system can you fight the system. There are many stalwarts that have helped build and heal a nation and many of them are lawyers.
Here are some of the lawyers on whose shoulders our nation lies:
Motilal Nehru (6 May 1861 – 6 February 1931):
MOTILAL NEHRU, the founder patriarch of the Nehru-Gandhi family, was an Indian lawyer. Motilal passed the lawyer examination in 1883 and began practising as a lawyer at Kanpur.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948):
MAHATMA GANDHI, before becoming the leader for Indian civil rights movement, was a practicing lawyer. Gandhi began studies at University College London where he studied Indian law. Gandhi then traveled to South Africa to help a Muslim Indian law firm with a lawsuit.
Rajendra Prasad (3 December 1884 – 28 February 1963):
RAJENDRA PRASAD was the first President of the Republic of India and was a lawyer by training. In the year 1916, he joined the High Court of Bihar and Odisha. Later in the year 1917, he was appointed as one of the first members of the Senate and Syndicate of the Patna University. He also used to practice law at Bhagalpur in Bihar.
Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964):
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU the first Prime Minister of India was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Inner Temple, where he trained to be a barrister. Upon his return to India, he enrolled at the Allahabad High Court, and took an interest in national politics, which eventually replaced his legal practice.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956):
BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination against Dalits while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was Independent India’s first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.
P. V. Narasimha Rao (28 June 1921- 23 December 2004)
P. V. NARASIMHA RAO, popularly known as PV, our former Prime Minister studied Bachelor’s in the Arts college at the Osmania University and later on went to Hislop College now under Nagpur University where he completed a Master’s degree in law.
Pratibha Patil (born 19 December 1934)
PRATIBHA PATIL, our first woman president was awarded a Bachelor of Law degree by Government Law College, Mumbai. She then began to practice law at the Jalgaon District Court, while also taking interest in social issues such as improving the conditions faced by Indian women.
Palaniappan Chidambaram (born 16 September 1945)
P. CHIDAMBARAM is a politician and a former Union Minister of Finance under the United Progressive Alliance government (UPA). Chidambaram completed his Bachelor of Laws from the Madras Law College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Flavia Agnes (born 1947)
FLAVIA AGNES is a women’s rights lawyer. A pioneer of the women’s movement, she has worked consistently on issues of gender and law reforms. She went on to complete an LLB in 1988 and began to practise law at the Mumbai High Court. She later completed her LLM from Mumbai University in 1992. She did an M.Phil from National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU) in 1997.
Sushma Swaraj (born 14 February 1952)
SUSHMA SWARAJ is one of the four women politicians who dominate the Indian politics currently. She studied law at Punjab University, Chandigarh, and practised as a Supreme Court of India advocate from 1973.