October 2020

Dear Friends,

Nani Palkhivala (16.1. 1920 to 11.12.2002) is known as the "the conscience-keeper of the nation". He became famous because of Kesavananda Bharati case. When a Special Bench of 13 Judges of Supreme Court was constituted to reconsider the correctness of the dictum of law laid down regarding the basic structure in Kesavananda Bharati case, Palkhivala’s impassioned address made the Chief Justice to dissolve the Bench.

Palkhivala's post-Budget speeches in Bombay since 1958 has drawn national attention and the audience during his later addresses rose to about a lakh. All those speeches were delivered extempore. He was the finest intellectual and jurist of the country and received innumerable awards and honorary doctorates from several countries. His two famous books are “We the people” and “We the nation”.

In September 1977, Palkhivala was appointed Ambassador of India to the United States of America, which assignment he held until July 1979.

Palkhivala was Chairman Emeritus of the Associated Cement Companies Limited, and Chairman of several overseas companies. He was also a Director of many of the Tata group companies and Trustee of several public charitable trusts. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

The front page story – ‘Law of wasted efforts’ teaches the human beings to learn from the animals and not to get disheartened by the failures.

In happenings section, we have covered virtual training programmes on (i) Vermi compost and Vermi wash, and Bio-methanation technology (ii) information about publications of new books (iii) uploading of videos on youTube related to the Home remedies (iv) Installation of Solar still – distillation unit (v) new panels at J.C.Bose nursery etc.

In the wisdom section, we have covered Mahatma Gandhi’s views on Hind Swaraj, the physicist Fritjof Capra in his famous book “Un common wisdom” gives the reasons for social and environmental stress and finally the philosopher Carlos Castaneda tells us that calmness and wholeness go hand in hand.

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