From factory labourer to Judge

PADERU JULY 3. The resilience and hard work put in by a Judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court and Executive Chairman of the AP State Legal Services Authority, Motilal B. Naik, should be an example for youngsters striving to succeed.

The inauguration of the permanent Lok Adalat for Girijans at this agency village is the right occasion for Dr. Naik to narrate how he struggled when he was young to attain a status in society and to encourage them to work hard and taste success.

Born into a poor Lambada tanda in Anantapur district in 1942, Dr. Naik struggled to get proper education. He was not successful in his first attempt in the Intermediate examination but that did not deter him from pursuing higher studies, a goal he wanted to achieve to help his community later with the help of education.

He left for Mumbai (then Bombay) and joined as a labourer in a factory for a daily wage of Rs. 2. He slept on the footpaths during night and his wish to complete Intermediate and higher studies was fulfilled when a Bombay college introduced a course equivalent to Intermediate in the night college. "I never felt infra dig for earning a small wage and sleeping on footpaths. It is dignity of labour and I had something to depend upon''.

After completing the law degree, he came back to his native State and practised law at Hyderabad and Warangal. He worked as a Government Pleader in the High Court and his hard work helped him become a Judge of the AP High Court.

Dr. Naik said that as an individual he was of the opinion that society was distancing itself from the Girijans and not the otherway round. But he told the Girijans: "Don't believe that somebody will come on his own and help you. You must have the urge to live on your own and prosper. Also don't blame others for not helping you, change yourself''.

He told the Girijans not to wait for a job but to take up other works since not everyone would be able to secure employment.

The APSLAS Executive Chairman also urged the tribals not to waste their time and energy on litigation that would take a lot of time to find a solution. It was better to resolve problems amicably, he suggested. He also told them of the fate of prolonged litigation that drained the resources of both parties, through a small side story. The person who won the court case was not happy and when his wife asked him why, the man said that he won the case in the lower court but had to face appeals at the District Court, High Court and even Supreme Court.

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