He was educated at St. Career[ edit ] Initially, like many nationalists, Chagla idolized Jinnah due to his then nationalistic views and held membership in the Muslim League. He worked under Jinnah in Bombay for seven years, often, as he recounts in his autobiography in a state of penury. However, he severed all ties to Jinnah after Jinnah began to work for the cause of a separate Muslim state. He was appointed as a judge to Bombay High Court in , becoming Chief Justice in and serving in that capacity to
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The rest is history and need not be repeated. Why should this be mentioned in the context of review of Shri M. Chaglas Roses in December? Because, the eight edition of the book includes an epilogue about the emergency which throws an unknown fact that a High Court Judge was also a casualty of the emergency. Leaving aside this, the question whether the It was 40 years ago, on this date i. At a time biographies are produced with sensational disclosures,the relevance of biography of Mr.
Chagla with its appendixes of letters, speeches is really interesting. Many of the incidents narrated have been widely debated subsequently that the novelty has worn off. Nevertheless, it is really fascinating to read about the life of a multi faceted personality in his own language which is poetic in some places. But it also reads more like instructional manual of the ideas of the author on various subjects. Late Shri M. Chagla was a multi faceted personality - a junior lawyer who practiced under Mr.
He traces his early childhood, his education in Oxford, his encounter with many freedom fighters, his role as a Judge and Minister. What is of relevance today is that Mr.
Chagla remained a nationalist to the core and was highly critical of the pandering of the Congress to those elements in minorities which were communal to the core. He was highly critical of Jinnah and Pakistan. For a person who had passed judgments in almost 20 years of service, the author was frank enough to admit that no man is, in fairness, entitled to sit in judgment on others.
When we are at a stage where all the parochial elements are entertained and given importance not only by mainstream parties but also by the Media, this book is a must read for all those politicians playing to the gallery of divisiveness.
Roses in December
M. C. Chagla