Chennai: In a scintillating homecoming felicitation function organised on November 30 for the ageless, legendary jurist, the legal doyen of our times Sri K. Parasaran (92) after having won the famous Ayodhya case. This long-fought case established Shri Ram Lalla’s temple at the demolished site. The felicitation function was organised by Sastra School of Law. Apart from Shri K. Parasaran, the dais was lit by the presence of former Judge of Karnataka High Court and NHRC Chair on Human Rights Justice Shri N. Kumar, senior advocate of Madras High Court Shri C.S. Vaidyanathan, president of Madras Bar Association Shri A.R.L. Sundaresan, editor of ‘Thuglak’ Shri S. Gurumurthy, and Vice Chancellor of Sastra University Shri Vaidya Subramanian.
The function began with astounding claps for the great lawyer and a prayer song by Ms Sivasri Skandaprasad. Shri Vaidya Subramanian delivered the welcome speech. He pointed out that in 2016, while releasing Shri K. Parasaran’s book on Law and Dharma, he had said that they would conduct another felicitation function when he turns 100. This event turns out to be a surprise. He is known as the institution of judiciary, honest, professional excellence, high standard of individual discipline, caring attitude towards society and humanity in general.
The next event was followed by a lyrical felicitation-rendition by Shri K. Parasaran’s daughter Smt. Rangam Balaji, who read about her father poetically. The Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt presented and honoured Shri K. Parasaran with a gold medal, a shawl, by the representative Shrikaryam.
Justice Shri N. Kumar said, “He has never heard of such felicitations being conducted and was very grateful to attend this function, especially when it involves Shri K. Parasaran. He has devoted his life single-mindedly to upkeep the standard and ethics of legal profession and constitutional development of our times.”
Shri C.S. Vaidyanathan said, “He chose to be one among the audience always rather than to be a speaker. He recollected the respect that he has had, have and will have for his senior Shri K Parasaran, will be undiminishing forever. Known each other as a family, his first visit to the Ayodhya temple years back, seeing the apathy and state of the Ram statue kept in a small tent brought tears to all who had seen. The magnanimity of the ageless legal supremo in developing an army of juniors, lawyers in his lifetime is worth mentioning.”
Shri A.R.L. Sundaresan recollected when he met Parasaranji in 1991 regarding a property matter for one and another barring of export of granite, channelisation of TAMIN. His mother and Smt Parasaran were good friends and he drove his mother often to their place when they chanced to meet up. He also reiterated the fact that Shri Parasaran’s father, Shri Keshava Iyengar, never wore footwear to court and he also believed if a day comes that he has to sit and argue that day he will quit the profession.”
Shri S. Gurumurthy said he knows the legendary legal doyen for the past 29 odd years and he is astounded by his outstanding humility.
Replying to the felicitation Shri K. Parasaran said he insisted on the Right to Worship, Article 142, to enforce the decrees and orders of the Supreme Court, the way it was sought out which is scheduled limitation act. He believed in Shri Ram not sending anyone empty-handed. “My predecessor Shri Mohan Kumar Mangalam’s plaint also helped me,” he said. While explaining Ramayana, Rama + ayana that is the path which Shri Rama stood on “dharma” He connected the pancha and ashta akshara to be one. Hanuman always believed in the chastity of Sita, saw her personification of chastity. Like Shri Ram was born to Dasaratha, he too had a battalion of ten lawyers to support him, from the archaeological side and from all legal aspects of the case. He has always believed that no humans are faultless, otherwise they become GOD”.