New Delhi: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today presented ‘Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award’ to legal luminary, scholar and former Attorney General of India, K. Parasaran at a function at the India International Centre in New Delhi.
Parasaran was honoured with the award on the occasion of the Elder’s Day celebration of Age Care India, an organization working for the welfare of the elderly.
Conveying his appreciation to Parasaran, the Vice President said, “today, at 92 years, Shri Parasaran stands tall among the entire length and breadth of India in terms of knowledge of the law, knowledge of Shastras, erudition and ethics and is rightly referred to as a ‘Pitamaha’ of the Indian Bar”.
He said that the Award was a fitting recognition of Parasaran’s exceptional contribution to the field of law and justice as well as his extraordinary personality and added that today’s event was a celebration of the incredible positive energy of a deeply spiritual legal practitioner, who has tried to blend both “dharma” and “nyaya”.
Known for his erudition, discipline, hard work, honesty and ethics, Parasaran’s legal canvas has been wide. With equal felicity, Parasaran, throughout his distinguished career, had handled a wide array of cases– be they serious constitutional matters or inter-State water disputes”, he added.
The Vice President said that Parasaran ji embodied the ideal expressed by poet Kalidasa who had said, in the epic poem, Raghuvamsham, “ vruddhatvam jarasaa vinaa” or the ability to constantly grow in stature without growing old. “He continues to be an ever-passionate and tireless champion of causes dear to his heart”, he added.
The Vice President urged the present generation of lawyers to draw inspiration from Parasaran and imbibe the qualities of professional excellence and ethical orientation which he personified.