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  • Pub Date : March 2022
  • Author : Abhinav Chandrachud
  • Publisher : Viking
  • Language : English
  • Binding Type : Hardback
  • Category : Biography/Autobiography
  • ISBN : 9780670096411
  • MRP : 799

ABOUT THE BOOKHow does a Parsi lawyer, deeply influenced by the principles of
Roman Catholicism, fall in love with a Bahai and go on to become
the Attorney General of India for a Hindu nationalist BJP
government? How does a boy with a broken leg, who studied in a
Gujarati medium school and lost his father at the age of nineteen, go on
to mount a heroic defense of the Janata government's decision to
dissolve Congress state legislatures in the Supreme Court in 1977? How
does a newspaper columnist who admires Nehru, who criticizes the BJP
for being 'obsessed' with 'demolishing mosques' and advises them to
replace 'Hindutva' with 'Bharatva' or 'Indianness', get chosen by Prime
Minister Vajpayee to represent the government in the Supreme Court in
many cases including the Ayodhya case? How does a lawyer with a
humdrum customs and excise law practice, whose grandfather sold
horse-drawn carriages in Bombay, become a U.N. human rights
rapporteur, and repeatedly defend the fundamental right to free speech
and expression in the Supreme Court of India?

Authorised, comprehensive and absolutely unputdownable, this first
biography of Soli Sorabjee opens a window to life and times of the grand
old man of Indian judiciary.


Abhinav Chandrachud is an advocate who practises at the Bombay
High Court. He graduated from the LLM programme at Harvard Law
School, where he was a Dana Scholar, and from the JSM and JSD
programmes at Stanford Law School, where he was a Franklin Family
Scholar. He has worked as an associate attorney at Gibson, Dunn &
Crutcher, a global law firm, and as a paralegal at AZB & Partners, a
leading law firm in India. He is the author of Republic of Rhetoric: Free
Speech and the Constitution of India (2017), Supreme Whispers:
Conversations with Judges of the Supreme Court of India 1980-1989 (2018)
and Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in India
(2020). He writes a column for Bloomberg Quint.

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