Stories For Youth in Search of A Higher Life

Law and Life

My very first encounter with Law was at once embarrassing, instructive and fruitful. I was seeking admission to the Bombay Law College and I had to pass through an interview. It was 12th June 1951, and the interview began at 10.30 a.m.

"Why have you chosen to study Law ?" This was the first question that Professor Chitle, the Principal of the College, threw at me.

Frankly speaking, I did not have a clear and convincing reply. Basically, I had only two alternatives: to become a teacher or to become a lawyer. It seemed to me that I had a pre-dominant inclination to become a teacher; but the profession of teaching gave no prospects of financial prosperity. On the other hand, it was difficult for me to confess even to myself that I was looking for monetary success. This confession, which was pressing upon my conscience, was hurting me. I was trained and nourished by my intensive studies in Sanskrit literature,- the subject of my preference and specialisation. How often I had condemned in debates in my College the idea of the modern commercial barbarism, which values nothing as much as success in competition for money! Man does not live by bread alone, I had argued. Man is a rational animal; nay, man is a moral and spiritual being, -I had affirmed again and again.

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