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From delivering milk,to justice

If Judge Lokesh Nagar ever charted a recipe for success,it would read something like this — add large portions of grit and determination to your morning and evening milk.

Written by Neha Sinha | New Delhi |
February 5, 2009 12:18:08 am

In Greater Noida,milk supplier’s son juggles with work and study to become a judge

If Judge Lokesh Nagar ever charted a recipe for success,it would read something like this — add large portions of grit and determination to your morning and evening milk.

Nagar,who grew up in Imaliyaka village in Greater Noida,started life as a supplier of milk. His day began at 3 am,and till seven he ferried milk cans to halwais and sweet shops. Helping his father in the business,he followed the same routine between three and seven in the evening.

But it is what he did in between that made all the difference. Nagar juggled the long hours supplying milk with studying law. Today he sits in a court of Uttar Pradesh,taking decisions that touch lives.

It’s a dream come true for Nagar,who has achieved a childhood goal despite the odds. He said,“I prepared for my law exams and also practised between my morning and evening shifts. I played my role in supplementing the family income. Hard work and motivation made all the difference.”

Nagar’s family of eight includes his father,who studied only till Class VIII,his mother who never went to school,and a brother who quit studies to help in the family business. Nagar went to Universal Public School in Preet Vihar — “not very well-known,but one that strengthened my foundations”.

He cannot say the same for the government colleges. “It was difficult to motivate oneself because no one really cared if you attended classes,” Nagar said. Nagar went on to complete a degree in Commerce from Shambhu Dayal College and an LLB from MMH College,both in Ghaziabad.

He completed his LLM from Meerut College in 2005. After that,he began practice in Patiala House between 9 am to lunch. All the while,he continued to supply milk. On January 31 this year,he got a letter from the Uttar Pradesh government. He was to be a judge,at 32.

Nagar’s reality prepared him for the questions he faced at the Judicial Service Examinations,required to qualify as a judge. He was asked in the interview on November 22,2008,“Why is the crime graph rising?” His reply was: “Unemployment and lack of opportunity”.

Nagar said real life is never too far from the answers. “It would be fair to say that neither the police nor the judiciary ever created amenable conditions for my family. No one has taken the school final in my family,or even the intermediate. I did not get the proper opportunity or infrastructure,” Nagar said.

Today,he is in a position of influence and the only thing that crosses his mind is ‘help’. “There is something called the Legal Aid Services Authority through which the government gives free legal aid to the poor. I want to take this to the people in villages as they too have rights,” Nagar said.

For his children — a five year old boy and two infant twins — Nagar has only one dream: education. He said,“I don’t know where I will be posted in Uttar Pradesh. But if my children have to go to a nondescript government school,I will make sure I am there to give them what the school might lack: motivation.”

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