Thursday, April 28, 2016

REMEMBERING M N KAUL ...INTERNATIONAL EXPERT ON CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY MATTERS …


                                                                         

M N KAUL (1901-1984 )
(( Photo clicked in October 1949 after shri kaul ( with a garland ) arrived from Stockholm ))
INTERNATIONAL EXPERT ON CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY MATTERS …

He was first secretary to Lok sabha and also secretary to constituent Assembly of India . He retired as Secretary Lok sabha in 1964 and was later nominated to Rajya sabha twice ; first in 1966 and then in 1970.

Born in kashmir , shri Kaul went to Cambridge to study Law and economics and then moved to Allahabad where he practiced as advocate even when he had an offer for joining as Faculty at Economics Department of Banaras Hindu University .

In his career of more than 10 years as Advocate at Allahabad , he edited the prestigious Allahabad law Journal ( 1927-1937 ) . At Allahabad , he also came in close contact of Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru and Dr K N katju both of whom were leading advocates and freedom fighters of the country .

Considered to be an authority on Parliamentary laws and procedures , Sh Kaul edited some books on Parlimentary procedures.As secretary of constituent assembly , he played a crucial role in framing the Articles of the constitution. For this reason , he had the closest rapport with G V Mavalanker first speaker of the constituent assembly.

Sh Ram Krishen Sadhu Adds on my Facebook Page  :

“May's "Parliamentary Practice" was the Bible for regulating the conduct of work in Legislatures almost globally till 1960. But it was overtaken by Kaul-Shakdar when their Book on parliamentary practice and procedure was published. Subsequently it became the final guide on the subject. I have studied both these books in early sixtees and found the Kaul-Shakdar treatise very exhaustive and unambiguous. MN Kaul was a legal luminary, a great intellectual and a genuine Kashmiri to the core. Tried to help the  Community and promote merit in his own style.”

A widely travelled man , Sh Kaul was considered a friend Philosopher and guide by many Asian and African countries that were getting freedom from the British rule and were in the process of drafting their own constitution.His work and role in this area was duly appreciated by world leaders more specifically by M Andre De Blonay secretary General of Inter parliamentary Union .

During 1955- 1964 , he edited the Journal of Parliamentay Information Govt Of India .His Book “Practices and Procedures of Parliament “ that he co- authored with Shri Sham lal Shakhdhar in 1968 , remains a Monumental Treatise of its kind .This Book is even put to use in British Parliament as a Guidance for settling procedural issues .

About him Mr G V Mavalankar has said :

“ Mr kaul is Sir Erskine May of India and soon a time will come when future writers of parliamentary practices and Procedures in UK will feel proud to call themselves Mr.kauls of UK. "


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