February 23, 2015 3:24:54 am
Senior advocate Harbhagwan Singh, who has the distinction of being the advocate general of Haryana and that of Punjab twice, released his autobiography, ‘Law, Lawyers and Lawmakers’, on the occasion of his 87th birthday on Sunday, raising concern over degeneration not only in politics but also in the judicial system.
Former Haryana Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal released the book in a gathering of serving and retired judges, advocates, politicians, bureaucrats and family members.
Speaking on the occasion, the author said, “Judiciary and politics have degenerated in few decades, I am sorry to say.”
A staunch Congress loyalist since his student life, Singh, while recounting how his legal profession prevented him from pursuing a career in politics, has expressed in his 246-page book, “Law is a jealous mistress that demands constant and focused attention.”
The senior advocate has handled several high profile cases in his career such as the Satluj-Yamuna link canal and Sehajdhari Sikh voting rights in SGPC elections. He had also been instrumental in saving several Congress politicians from persecution at the hands of the Janta Party/Akali Dal regime in Punjab after the lifting of the infamous Emergency, including former President Giani Zail Singh.
Despite this distinction, he never became successful in his desire of either getting the Legislative Assembly elections ticket from Punjab or Haryana nor was he given a ticket for Rajya Sabha.
Writing about the decline in the Indian National Congress and also other parties, the author has recorded, “A few individuals at the top assume all powers to select candidates for various elections, and that too a few days before the deadline. Consequently, India’s Grand Old Party (Congress)— once the sole harbinger of liberal-democratic-egalitarian ethos in the polity—has started resembling a feudal anachronism.”
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