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The Nani A. Palkhivala Memorial Trust was set up in 2004 to perpetuate the memory of an outstanding jurist and authority in the Constitution and on taxation laws. The late Nani Palkhivala was a passionate democrat, patriot, and above all, a great human being. 

The main objective of the Trust is the promotion, support and advancement of the causes that Nani Palkhivala ceaselessly espoused, such as democratic institutions, personal and civil liberties and rights enshrined in the Constitution, a society governed by just, fair and equitable laws and the institutions that oversee them, the primacy of liberal economic thinking for national development and the preservation of India’s priceless heritage. 

The Board of Trustees consists of: Mr. Y.H. Malegam (Chairman), Mr. F.K. Kavarana, Mr. Bansi S. Mehta,
Mr. Deepak S. Parekh, Mr. H.P. Ranina, Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee and Miss S.K. Bharucha (Trustee & Member-Secretary). 

Stamp in honour of Nani Palkhivala 

The Government of India honoured Nani Palkhivala with a commemorative stamp which was released on 16th January 2004 in Mumbai by the then Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee. 

Activities 

  1. The Trust arranges lectures in memory of Nani Palkhivala annually.  The texts of the lecture each year is printed for free and wide distribution.  The first lecture was delivered by Mr. Fali S. Nariman in 2004; the second by Mr. Arun Shourie in 2005; the third by Dr. Bimal Jalan in 2006; and the fourth by Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy in 2007.

    The fifth lecture in the series will be delivered by Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee on ‘Judicial Activism – Boon or Bane’ at 6 p.m. on 11th January 2008, at the Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman point, Mumbai 400001.
     

  2. The Trust has instituted gold medals in memory of Nani Palkhivala to be awarded annually to the top LL.M. students in six universities in India. 
     

  3. The Trust conducts elocution competition on subjects of law for law students with a view to encouraging law students to think and speak on legal subjects, besides enabling them to show their platform skills. 
     

  4. The Trust has recently (2007) reprinted a book entitled ‘Judiciary Made to Measure’ (edited by Nani Palkhivala and published in 1973).
     

  5. The Trust was responsible for the publication of ‘Nani A. Palkhivala – A Life’ by M.V. Kamath (published by Hay House in January 2007).
     

  6. The Trust has donated an amount of Rupees twenty lakhs to the Supreme Court Bar Association in memory of the late Nani Palkhivala.  The Association named the Library in their new building after Nani Palkhivala.  The Library was inaugurated on 5th May 2005 by the then Chief Justice of India, Mr. R.C. Lahoti.
     

  7. The Trust, through Mahiti Adhikar Manch, carried out a series of mass awareness campaigns to educate public on ‘The Right to Information Act, 2005’ in Mumbai in 2007.  A public meeting on a related subject was also organized in 2006 which was addressed by Ms. Maja Daruwala, Mr. Shailesh Gandhi, Mr. J. Rebeiro with Mr. Bansi S. Mehta (Trustee) in the Chair.
     

  8. In 2005 the Trust instituted the Nani A. Palkhivala Award for Civil Liberties.  The objective of the Award is to honour individuals and organizations who have displayed extraordinary initiative in the preservation and defence of Civil Liberties in India.  The Award carries a cash prize of Rupees one lakh and a citation in each category.

    The First Award was given to Ms. Nawaz Kotwal, noted activist, in the individual category, while the Award in the category of organizations was given to People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Delhi, in January 2006.  The Second Award was given to Ms. Teesta Setalvad, noted activist, in the individual category in January 2007.  No Award was given in the category of organizations since no nomination was found to be worthy of the Award. 

    The nominations for the Third Nani A. Palkhivala Award for Civil Liberties will be accepted till 10th November 2007.  A panel of judges appointed by the Trust will evaluate the nominations received in the two categories and the Awards will be presented in Mumbai on 11th January 2008.  The criteria for the Award is given below.

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PRESS RELEASE
                                                                                                                       
10th October 2007    

The Nani A. Palkhivala Memorial Trust has pleasure in inviting nominations for the Third Nani A. Palkhivala Award for preservation of Civil Liberties in India.   The objective of the Award is to honour individuals and organizations who have displayed extraordinary initiative in the preservation and defence of Civil Liberties in India.  The Award carries a cash prize of Rupees One Lac  and a Citation in each category. 

The last date for receipt of nominations is 10th November 2007.  The Awards will be given in January 2008 in Mumbai. 

Panel of Judges: Mr. Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah (Retd.), former Chief Justice of India (Chairman);
Mrs. Justice Sujata Manohar
(Retd.) and Mr. Justice Sam Variava (Retd.), both former Judges of the Supreme Court of India.

Details of the criteria for the Award may be had from: Miss S.K. Bharucha, Member-Secretary, Nani A. Palkhivala Memorial Trust, C/o Forum of Free Enterprise, Peninsula House, 2nd floor, 235 Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai 400001. (Email: ffe@vsnl.net Website: http://www.forumindia.org. Telefax: 022 - 22614253).
 

                                                                                                                       Miss S.K. Bharucha
                                                                                                                       Member-Secretary
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THE FOURTH NANI A. PALKHIVALA AWARD FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES
 

Objective
: To honour an individual or individuals (including public servants) and/or organizations who or which have displayed extraordinary initiative in the preservation and defence of the civil liberties of our citizens.

Criteria for and process of selection: (a) The nominee should have demonstrated sustained commitment to the cause of the preservation and defence of civil liberties as embodied in the Constitution of India;  (b) the nominee should indicate specific areas and instances of activism enhancing awareness, of civil liberties, and build and promote solidarity against injustice.  The quality of activism should have the effect of enhancing the tone of respect for Civil Liberties culture;  (c) mere conducting of Seminars and Conferences, though relevant and important in themselves, will not be accorded undue weight,  as the path of protection of civil liberties is through the world of solid action. 

 Panel of Judges: Mr. Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah (Retd.), former Chief Justice of India, (Chairman);
Mrs. Justice Sujata Manohar
(Retd.), former Judge, Supreme Court of India; and
Mr. Justice Sam Variava
(Retd.), former Judge, Supreme Court of India.

Nominations: In the case of individuals, nominations should be made by persons other than the nominees, but organizations can apply directly.  Nominations must be accompanied by adequate details and proof of work done by the nominees. 

No Award will be given if, in the opinion of the panel, no nominee is considered worthy of the Award.  The panel’s decision will be final and binding.  The panel’s decision is expected to be announced early in January 2009.  No correspondence will be entertained whatsoever once the panel’s decision is announced. 

The nominations should be sent, in triplicate, to: Miss S.K. Bharucha, Member-Secretary, Nani A. Palkhaivala Memorial Trust, C/o Forum of Free Enterprise, Peninsula House, 2nd floor, 235 Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai 400001. Telephone: 022 – 22614253. Email:   ffe@vsnl.net

The last date for receiving nominations is
31st October 2008.

The Award: A cheque for Rupees One Lac and a Citation. The Award will be presented in January 2009 in Mumbai.  Travel and other expenses will be reimbursed.
 

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