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‘Christian’ Harish Salve’s success celebrated as toast to Indian pluralism

Ace lawyer Harish Salve has managed to get a stay on the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Kadav in Pakistan.   There has been widespread appreciation of Salve for his spirited performance at International Court of Justice.   While the ICJ decision is being seen as a major victory for the ‘nationalist’ BJP government many are also pointing out that it was a Christian lawyer who helped India make its case in ICJ.

Ace lawyer Harish Salve has managed to get a stay on the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Kadav in Pakistan. 

There has been widespread appreciation of Salve for his spirited performance at International Court of Justice. 

While the ICJ decision is being seen as a major victory for the ‘nationalist’ BJP government many are also pointing out that it was a Christian lawyer who helped India make its case in ICJ. 

The caste or religion of any lawyer or judge is immaterial in deciding a question of law.

But in the present polarised atmosphere in which minorities are targeted, many feel prompted to highlight Salve’s religion to point at India’s true strength, which draws form its diversity.  

Salve himself had spoken about his religion during an interview with Shekar Gupta for NDTV

He is a church-going Christian, who has a Hindu wife, a Hindu mother and a Muslim son-in-law. 

Salve said he had been brought up in a liberal secular atmosphere and never forced his wife to go to church with him. 

In the same interview, he also disagreed with Justice Kurien for opposing a judicial conference being held on Easter Sunday. 

Salve said he supported holding the three-day conference over the holiday weekend as it did not disrupt the court work and inconvenienced petitioners.

But he also noted that Justice Kurien had written a private letter to the chief justice which had been unfortunately made public. 

He lamented the controversy saying Supreme Court was one institution which had always stood up for minorities in the country

On social media, many are also noting that Salve’s success need to be celebrated for another reason – his grandfather P.K. Salve, a noted criminal lawyer, was a Dalit. His father N. K. P. Salve, a Congress politician, had reportedly converted to Christianity. 

But this claim is yet to be verified.

 

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