Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday presented the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award to eminent jurist and senior advocate at Supreme Court Fali S Nariman.
Addressing the event, Naidu applauded Nariman’s significant contributions in the field of jurisprudence. “Nariman is truly an example to be emulated by practitioners of law around the world… He is one of India’s most distinguished constitutional lawyers.”
On Shastri, Naidu said, “Lal Bahadur Shastri was an exemplary leader. His humility, courage, determination, integrity and moral uprightness were legendary….”
Delivering the introductory speech, Anil Shastri, son of the former Prime Minister, recalled an incident at his school. “In October 1964, when he was the Prime Minister, my father, like always, came to St Columba’s School (in Delhi) to collect my marksheet. He stood outside XI-D classroom. When the teacher noticed the PM waiting outside, he said that the school would have sent the marksheet to the PM’s residence. To this, Shastri-ji told the teacher, ‘It seems after I have become the PM you have changed. I have not (changed)’.”
In his acceptance speech, Nariman referred to this incident and said, “This is such a touching incident. I remember that the Pakistan Prime Minister was taller than Shastri-ji. But looking at his legacy, I always thought he (Shastri) was such a tall leader.”