A personal copy of a book, a biography of their father Shri M.K. Nambyar signed by one of the four co-authors (siblings), titled ” CHAMPION Of FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS”, I am thrilled beyond words, reason is it has come from one among a fine, respected human being and leader, Mr. K.C. Mohan, who needs no introduction.
When great children decides to write about their father, he must be greater.
“I sit in the frail bark of my body and steer with all my might,” wrote Shri M.K. Nambyar in one of his later day reminiscences on the life of a lawyer,” But I find I am neither the master of my vessel nor the captain of its decisive direction. For the momentum of its movements has often been gathered from the impact of the unknown.” That is humbleness and humility of a towering giant of constitutional law.
Hear what other stalwarts has to say about a self made man, one who worked his way up to become one of India’s greatest lawyers.. He fought the case ( AK Gopalan’s) not for the ideology of the communists but for the ideology of human rights which found expression in past III of the constitution. He lost the battle but won the war after cooper’s case, in a series of decisions which settled the direction of India’s constitutional destiny, M.K. Nambyar played a heroic role…..l am totally lost in admiration for his complete commitment to the human cause, ‘Man is born in chains, shall be free and to the last of my breath I will fight for his freedom’…..a man who was maker a maker of modern law in India”.
Former attorney General for India, Soli J. Sorabji: “..it is indeed incredible that a district lawyer practicing in a district Court in Mangalore would ultimately occupy centre stage in the Supreme Court and make an invaluable contribution to the evolution and development of our constitutional law. “
He was born on 1 January, 1898. After his demise on 18 December 1975, the then Attorney General, Niren De said : “As a man, Nambyar was the embodiment of modesty, humility, kindliness and courtsey in all aspects of his life. He had a passionate concern for the junior bar and his encouragement of junior lawyers was proverbial”. He further added, ” Nambyar was one of the greatest lawyers India has produced in the past and who are no more…”
The above quotes sums up his character and professional accomplishment, while his family life achievements are equally splendid with his children, well qualified reached high places in their life.
The Nair family of his time were landlords, did not believe in entering professional life or government services, the book makes an interesting read about how he freed himself out of the shackles and became a barrister.
I am waiting to read about his children’s life journey which I am sure will be equally fascinating