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Book Launch of Philosopher of Raisina (22nd February, 2016)

Philosopher of Raisina- Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Lectures is a tribute to the much-celebrated educationist and former President of India, Dr. Zakir Hussain. The legal classic by Dr. Lokendra Malik and Miss Shabeena Anjum was recently launched at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, on 22nd February, 2016.

The event was graced by legal luminaries renowned and respected for their legal acumen. Justice J. Chelameswar, Judge, Supreme Court of India, was the Hon'ble Chief Guest of the event, and Senior Advocates of Supreme Court of India, Mr. P.P. Rao and Mr. Salman Khurshid, and Chancellor of Central University of Haryana, Mr. M.P. Singh were the Guests of Honour.

The book contains a number of lectures delivered by eminent scholars like Prof. Asis Dutta, Prof. Upendra Baxi, Mr. Fali S. Nariman, Mr. Arun Shourie, Prof. Theodore P. Wright, Dr. David J. Mathews, etc. in the honour of this great human being to keep the memory of Dr. Zakir Hussain alive in a meaningful way and to introduce him to the current generation. A tribute by his daughter, Saeeda Khursheed and an erudite foreword by Mr. Salman Khurshid, has added great value to the book.

Mr. Lokendra Malik, one of the editors of the book, acknowledged his thanks and extended a warm welcome to the guests, "... this book is our sincere tribute to one of the most outstanding sons of Bharat Mata, Late Dr. Zakir Hussain... we are extremely grateful to the publishers, Eastern Book Company, we are extremely grateful to our senior, Salman Khurshid sahab who is extremely generous... with these words I welcome you all..."

Mr. Salman Khurshid talked about his grandfather, Lt. Zakir Hussain's association with Germany, Jamia Millia Islamia and Hyderabad, and also about the current Judicial system. He reminisced about his association with Supreme Court CasesTM and how much the publishing industry has developed, "... this really really wonderful book that shows how Indian publishing world has come of its own."

He was thankful to Justice J. Chelameswar for attending the event, "... I feel extremely honoured that someone like Justice Chelameswar is here."

The book was released by Justice J. Chelameswar. As a gesture of honour, the first copy of the book was presented to Mr. Fali S. Nariman, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India by the Hon'ble Justice.

Mr. P.P. Rao, a foremost Constitutional expert and Padma Bhushan award recipient, in his special address appreciated the work and very eloquently talked about the Late President, "... glad to associate myself with today's celebration of the life and achievements of Dr. Zakir Hussain... Dr. Zakir Hussain was Ajatashatru, a person who had no enemies, he was loved by one and all... The book is not only a collection of eminent lecturers, it is much more than that... it is a concise and authentic biography of the great President... a book with a difference... No where else you can expect the intimate insights of the personal and family life of Dr. Zakir Hussain...The reader will have a rewarding experience going through the book. The publication standards are of the highest order. I congratulate the publishers for doing this great work. I suggest you get a hold of a copy before it is sold out."

Professor M.P. Singh, was grateful to be a part of the event in the honour of Late Zakir Hussain, "I am grateful that I have also been invited to be before you this evening, to speak about a great man in whose honour this book has been written or rather edited as a collection of essays... The lectures are all as diverse subjects as authors are... The editors have done an admirable service to the society by putting these essays together and contributing a comprehensive statement on the life and works of the Lt. Hon'ble Dr. Zakir Hussain. The values of life which the Lt. Hon'ble Dr. Zakir Hussain embodied as a human being and which were closely experienced by his family members are beautifully reflected in the poetic language of his grandson, Adv. Shri Salman Khurshid, and also by his daughter, Lt. Saeeda Khurshid... The book has been brought out by the Publishers as elegantly as the life it covers. They richly deserve every appreciation for the nice work they have done. Such productions bring credit to the country's publication industry... certainly the book shall be widely read for all its qualities and its contents. I am grateful to Dr. Lokendra Malik for associating me with the release of such a valuable work devoted to an exceptional life..."

Justice J. Chelameswar in his keynote address spoke of the visions of great people and also related some anecdotes from his personal life, "... On an occasion like this when a book is being published in memory of a former President of India, a distinguished scholar and a man who is respected not because of office, but because of his other accomplishments, is certainly an occasion for sitting back and considering what best can we do to improve the future of this country."

The following is the link to this book on our EBC Webstore, 
Philosopher of Raisina

 

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