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SCBA’s PH Parekh awarded Padma Shree

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Senior Advocate Pravin H Parekh has been conferred the third highest Indian civilian honour last Republic day almost two weeks ago.

Parekh, along with 76 others, was awarded the Padma Shri award. He was cited for distinguished service in the field of “public affairs”, according to a press release dated 25 January by the ministry of home affairs.

Parekh commented: “They have taken into account the overall performance in life, not anything specific.”

Asked about the high points of his public life by Legally India, Parekh explained that they probably included his role as trustee of the Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC), where he was earlier chairman, his efforts in legal aid, being president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for five times and his 10-year-long previous stint as president of the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association.

He had also been active in fighting for the rights of women and children and disadvantaged sections across the country, he said, and is associated with international organisations such as the International Law Association, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Institute of Human Rights Society.

About the work of the CERC, he added: “It is not only involved in litigation for consumers but also has labs to test consumer products, as well as publications.”

Parekh’s article titled “Children – voiceless multitude and human rights” is part of his publication “Human Rights Yearbook 2011”, which was inaugurated on 10 December 2010 by justice S.H Kapadia of the Supreme Court of India. Last April he addressed the all India seminar on “access to justice for the socially and economically disadvantaged”.

The function where the president confers the award on him would take place later in March and April, at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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Like +6 Object -0 mad 08 Feb 12, 18:45  interesting
next year Bharat Ratna for Ranbir Singh.
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Like +4 Object -0 very amused 08 Feb 12, 18:48
he certainly seems to be trying very hard to convince himself that he is worthy of the honour. Is he embarassed?
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Like +0 Object -0 Prachishrivastava 08 Feb 12, 19:17
Actually we badgered him quite a lot to speak on what might be the reason for conferment of the award, and he just responded to our questions.
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Like +2 Object -1 Obama Nobel 08 Feb 12, 21:44
His reasoning for why he got it is as convincing as Obama's when he got the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Parekh seems shocked - or should be - given his legal (no, not political) contribution.
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Like +1 Object -0 AS 08 Feb 12, 19:06
Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian honour, not the third highest as the article suggests.
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Like +1 Object -0 aaa 08 Feb 12, 21:03
"Parekh’s article titled “Children – voiceless multitude and human rights” is part of his publication “Human Rights Yearbook 2011”, which was inaugurated on 10 December 2010 by justice S.H Kapadia of the Supreme Court of India. Last April he addressed the all India seminar on “access to justice for the socially and economically disadvantaged”.

If that is the criteria then Amita Dhanda should get Padma Vibhushan.
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Like +0 Object -0 Sheoraj Pratap Singh 08 Feb 12, 21:21
Congratulations Sir! Well done!
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Like +0 Object -0 ZX-1 09 Feb 12, 15:05
Everyone knows how these awards are won.
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Like +1 Object -0 what a sham 10 Feb 12, 10:12
This is a matter of real concern. While I have nothing personal against Mr Parekh, I havent come across any major case that Mr Parekh has argued or has made a substantial contribution in. Therefore, substantial contributions in the field of law was probably not the criterion. If all that a person has to do to be recognised for service in the field of "public affairs" is to be a member of various organisations and get himself elected, often in raucuous proceedings, to a couple of posts then I am afraid that the value of Padma awards would be very significantly eroded. Very sad indeed!
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Like +1 Object -0 anon 10 Feb 12, 12:15
Just because you've not come across any major case(s) of Mr. Parekh, doesnt mean that he hasn't! He has been one of the top litigators in Delhi since a few decades.
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Like +0 Object -0 Padma Shhree comes 4th 13 Feb 12, 11:28
After Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
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