Lateral Entry In I.A.S
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THE ONE WITH JUSTICE FAIZANNUDDIN SIDDIQUI
Somewhere in the month of June, we headed towards the home of a very reputed legal personality of the world’s largest democracy. Reaching on time was of utmost importance and we had to make sure that all the scrupulous nature of ours that could be squeezed out had to be summoned for today. What I thought would be a one hundred percent formal affair, turned out to be the one where I found myself very much connected to a person encompassing tremendous amounts of experience and knowledge. In the following text, I’ve tried to recapture all moments we could from the amazing meeting we had with Justice Faizanuddin Siddiqui, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India, in a rather non - conventional way of presenting an interview.
With his granddaughter to his aid, Sir came to greet us with all smiles and asked us to take our seats. He regretted his poor hearing aid and the fact that he could not even see properly, which was a very humble gesture on his part. He was eager to know our motive behind this conversation which we explained to him, furthermore, he was very eager to keep us fed, and was repeatedly asking us to have snacks and tea.
We had drafted questions beforehand and decided who would ask what. But the thorough planning went in vain because right after the first question, he took us on a journey with his words, just the way a grandfather would merrily tell tales to his grandchildren.
All our thoughts of the intimidation usually practiced in front of such personalities were left far behind, as we craved to listen more of everything he told us.
Seeing him telling his life story was like listening to poetry, with the poet living the decades in retrospective.
His childhood was athletic, as he tells us that he was very much into sports, especially hockey. And not just like it, he holds an expertise, which surely is a thing to talk big about. Academics was rather on the different side of the coin, and he very much hated mathematics and the difficulty it came along with.
His sudden developed interest in studies took his family by surprise, as he cleared 10th standard keeping aside rather different expectations. He took up the college entrance test as a challenge privately appeared and cleared the examination.
His college life was going really well, as quite soon he became a sporting personality. Then one fine day he came to know about Hamidia College, Bhopal. He wanted to pursue law from there. After a lot of trifle with the director, who repeatedly said that he was a very valuable asset to the institution, he finally obtained a transfer certificate and headed to the unknown city of lakes.
Perhaps the most difficult time he faced in his life was during the years he was pursuing law. His mother was detected with cancer, so he brought her with him to Bhopal, as it was comparatively closer to Mumbai. He had a job posted in Sehore, he lived in Bhopal and he had to regularly travel to Mumbai with his mother. In addition to the overburdening course of law, he had opted for.
Sub ordinance was never compatible with his veins, especially if it’s under influence of the corrupt. He recalls many of his fights with his seniors. And his expressions seemed to restrain him from swearing much.
A successful practice led him to the apex court, and he became the first Judge in the Supreme Court of India from Madhya Pradesh.
He states the importance of holidays in a judge’s career. Even a phone call from a relative could prove disastrous as the judge had to be ready for several numbers of cases, which had to be thoroughly read and understood, each day.
Thereafter, he was appointed as ombudsman of M.P. He distinctively mentioned the importance of having a national level ombudsman as he was the only one from India in a summit held in Japan.
What we thought would be conducting an interview turned out to be very much similar to an event as many parallels to children visiting their grandfather.
Very sweetly he mentioned, “I’m of no good use to you people, all my senses are drawing out…”
Little did he know that a half hour interaction gave us a pool of knowledge and experience. A daily conversation with him is much value as a library of a million words to a law student.
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