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Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer

Around four score and four years ago, November 1, 1915 to be precise, was born in Malabar, as the son of VV Rama Iyer, a great trial lawyer on the West Coast of India, Shri. V.R Krishna Iyer who spiraled up to become, if one may borrow a Supreme Court idiom, (India) one of those rarest of rare individuals, blending in himself, in mellow measure, activism with restraint, politics with principle, scholarship with humanism, and daring with dedication. An able lawyer on the trial and appellate side, successful in the civil, criminal and constitutional jurisdictions, he surpassed as a creative legislator, while sitting on the opposition side in the Madras Legislature and a dynamic member in the Government of Kerala, after the formation of that State, managing with versatile excellence, portfolios so divergent as Law, Justice, Home, Irrigation, Energy, Social Welfare plus. After that ministerial career, he was back at the bar and later, on the Bench he was a unique robed phenomenon imparting new dimensions of compassionate humanism to the rule of law and avant - grade direction to the judicial process, with fine- tuned functional innovations and firmly fixed focus on the humblest, harrowing sector of the Indian people. As minister, his multifaceted talents and administrative mastery gave radical opportunities to magnetise the common people into the centre-stage of participative development. His spiritual vision illuminated his materialist mission and fuelled his tireless striving, geared to good governance and social justice. His stormy ministerial tenure, between 1957 and 1959, facing novel challenges and achieving epic successes, remains unrivalled and, perhaps, is an untold story.