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INTERVIEW WITH ADV. SATYAM SINGH RAJPUT, FOUNDER OF JUSTICE FOR RIGHTS FOUNDATION AND A HUMAN RIGHTS & RTI ACTIVIST

Satyam Singh Rajput is a Human right activist and a social activist. He was born in Pryagraj, Uttar Pradesh. He has done his graduation in B.COM from Allahabad University. After graduation, he secured his law degree from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth University, Varanasi. He has worked with eminent lawyers of India like, Famous Criminal Lawyer Siddhart luthra, Former Union Minister Salman khurshid, Attorney General of India KK.Venuegopal, most eminent personality of legal fraternity Soli Sorabji ( Padm shri Award), Justice V.K.Shukla, former acting chief justice Allahabad HC, Justice Pramod Kohli, former chief justice of Sikkim.

Mr. Rajput has been personally felicitated by Advocate Ram Jeth Malani and also by president pranav mukherjee. Mr.Rajput has been running an NGO named Justice for Rights foundation under the patronage of Justice Pramod kholi, Justice VK shukla, Dr. Seema Singh and former ADD,DG,BSF P.K.Mishra.

Mr. Rajput has filed various PIL on social issues. He has banned the black marketing of the mask and sanitizers across the country through PIL. He have always been active in social issues.

After greeting, the interviewer on behalf of E-justice India begin the interview of Mr. Satyam Singh Rajput (Human Right Activist and Social Activist)

Ques1. Interviewer: At first, Interviewer asked him to describe himself in one word.

Interviewee: “GOOD Afternoon, I am Satyam Singh Rajput and it is very difficult to describe myself in one word as I earlier told you, but my interest is in the field of social work and litigation so if you ask me the I would like to describe myself that A lawyer who believes in helping needy and poor people and passionate towards Indian forces.

Ques2. Interviewer: What is your approach or Philosophy in winning or representing your case?

Interviewee: First of all, even you are going to be a lawyer it’s not all about winning or losing the case, it’s all about the hard work and it’s all about to render  honest service towards your client because winning and losing is not in your hands, it is in the hand of the judge and in the hand of the court. So I personally believe in hard work and throw all my efforts to win that case. I may win or I may lose, so I don’t think personally that I have any type of perceptions regarding this. I personally believe to do my best and I think that every lawyer should do this and they are doing.

Ques3. Interviewer: Would you like to share an incident or example of where you have chosen to involve yourself in the broader legal community?

Interviewee: I think when you ask about me it’s not only about me, but also about you and other law students and all who want to come into a law fraternity. They all want to join this broader legal community, so if you personally ask me it’s depend upon how much you have worked in this field and how is your growth and recognition in the same fraternity. you cannot directly choose that broader legal community like Judges,senior advocates and all. So it’s all about your work and recognition of your work. When your work get recognition, then people started recognizing you, then you get that opportunity to get yourself in that particular broader legal community. On the other hand if you are born with silver spoon then you can easily approach to the broader legal community but at the end your hard work matters. So there is no shortcut of getting a positive name and fame. I do not have any type of political background or backup or anything. All I have a good guardianship of Justice Pramod Kohli sir, Justice V.K.Shukla, Dr.Seema Singh and an elder brother Amit Sharma.

Ques4. Interviewer: Why did you choose law as a profession, like there are many other professions? What motivated you to pursue law?

Interviewee: Actually, everybody asks this question. I have done commerce (B.COM) and even I was doing CA but I dropped it. In graduation time, just for time being I did preparation for competitive exams but since when I was in intermediate, that time I had passion to work for the Para-military martyrs’ families, for the people who are being suffered by the society. So, I just thought how could I help them. Let me tell you one more thing, I just joined the law for the judicial services but later on I switched to the litigation. So, there is reason behind it and that is my interest towards society and activeness in student politics, my belief in reformation of the system and society. Working for social welfare attracted me towards litigation because in the litigation you are free to do other works, in litigation you learn a lot of things and by learning lot of things you can help the society by doing legal things, you can preserve the fundamental right of the people along with your litigation. This is all I think attracted me towards litigation even still I am trying my best to serve the society and believe in learning things from seniors, juniors and my surroundings.

Ques5. Interviewer: What aspect of the daily job of being a lawyer impresses you the most?

Interviewee: Challenges and learning, because particularly in this profession you daily learn new things practically and theoretically from your seniors, from clients, from judges, from cases, from surroundings etc and that attracts me. You get new challenges on daily basis. Challenges and experience are the elements which every lawyer come across daily.

Ques6. Interviewer: As you said that you are interested in social work and it motivated you to do litigation, only for the said reason and your belief in preserving fundamental rights of poor/needy people and you also owe an NGO named “Justice for Rights Foundation”. So, I want to ask which Human Rights are susceptible to threats?

Interviewee: Currently as I have noticed that migrant workers/ poor students and week community of the society have been mistreated, law has been roughshod towards these people. I think we all (whoever are capable) should help them and try to preserve their fundamental rights because It is much important that any other thing. We all should make the poor people and the needy people aware in our surroundings.

Ques7. Interviewer: Generally, in now days Human rights are being violated by the government, authorities and citizens. So how would you boost literacy for human rights as many people are not aware about their rights?

Interviewee: The answer of the question is in the question itself. The point is when people are not aware about their rights so we must make the people aware about their fundamental rights along with fundamental duties, because whatever we provide, we provide only fundamental rights but not fundamental duties.. So we should make them aware about the fundamental duties and rights both. So that they could aware of their fundamental rights along with Fundamental duties. According to statistics and percentage people are aware of their rights but they are not aware of their duties and if they know their duties they do not obey it properly. For example, people throw garbage on the road instead of throwing in the dustbin. We should pay our heed towards fundamental duties if we want a civilized society.

Ques8. Interviewer: How has the engagement in previous campaign in gender adaptive change within the field?

Interviewee: There are few campaigns that I have run in past. If you asked in which platforms, I am working particularly in Sex education, Transgender community and working for rehabilitation of Para- military martyrs’ families. Founder members of Our NGO are feeding needy students since the lockdown has been imposed by the Govt. Through our NGO I am also trying to help the students/parents who are facing fee problems and for the same cause I have approached court as well. This is all of I am doing as if now.

Ques9. Interviewer: What are your thoughts about article 19(1) Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression?

Interviewee: Whenever we talk about Article 19(1), we should also consider Article 19(2) which restrains the misuse of article 19(1).Because I think in India there is no as such violation of article 19(1) because here people do whatever they wish to do you can take example of Jamia university. JNU etc, until and unless they just do excess i.e. raises slogans against the nation, defaming the particular religion and doing anti Indian/ anti social activities in the campus. As I myself have witnessed it and there is not much violations of article 19(1) especially in this current era.

Ques10. Interviewer: How was your experience as you have worked with eminent lawyer like Attorney general of India K.K Venugopal, Salman Kurshid Sir, Siddhart luthra and Justice Pramod Kohli?

Interviewee: It was really great experience working with the eminent personalities. I have been very close to justice Pramod Kohli Sir and Justice V.K. Shukla Sir. As I am very young in this profession so it’s a great opportunity for me to learn from their wide experience. I am still learning, the way they work hard in this age and manage to do other works, that inspires me a lot. And I get energy to work hard.

Ques11. Interviewer: What would you like to suggest to the law students who wants to become Human right and social activists?

Interviewee: I would like to suggest that the idea of being an activist comes from his/her practical experience. It is very necessary for you to work very closely with the aggrieved people of the society so that you could know the real problem and figure out the solution There is no hard and fast rule to become an Human right activists or any activist. Basically, if you want to become Human Right and social activists, you must have the experience about the society about the victims for whom you want to work.

Ques12. Interviewer: My last question is that, what are your views on E- Justice India?

Interviewee:

E-Justice India is a platform which is trying to help the student community/ needy people of the society from across the India. It’s very great to see that the young students who are the team of E-Justice India coming forward to help the people and took the initiative to serve the society.

My blessings and best wishes are always with the E-Justice India.

Vote of thanks to Adv. Satyam Singh Rajput (Human Rights and RTI Activists) for giving his time and sharing his experience and knowledge with us.

Thank You Sir.

Interviewer
Devanshi Bajpai
ICFAI Law School, Dehradun

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