Interview of Mr. Satyam Singh Rajpoot
Interviewer: Ms. Kashish Khurana
So let’s start with a brief introduction of his work and achievements
Mr. Satyam is running an organization named JFRF (Justice For Rights of Foundation) under the patronage of Justice Permod Kohli, (former Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court & Ex-chairman CAT), Justice VK Shukla (former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Dr. Upendra Bakshi (former vice chancellor of Delhi University) and PK Mishra Ji (former DG BSF).
He’s working on various legal and social issues related to Para-military Martyr’s families, environment, corruption, legal awareness, etc. His first PIL is on environment matter which is still in Delhi High Court. The second PIL that was filed by him was on the exodus of the people of UP & Bihar, which got dismissed by the Supreme Court. The third PIL that he filed was against OTT platforms like Netflix & Amazon prime in Delhi High Court but got dismissed. Now, he has approached the Supreme Court for the same which is probably to be listed on 9th May 2019 in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Justice VK Shukla (Retd) will appear on his behalf in the concerned matter.
He has had been invited by various Organizations/ Universities /Institutions/media channel as a keynote speaker. He was invited by SSB (Force) as the guest of honor. He was also invited by NIT Trichy, Tamil Nadu in their international program crossfire as a panelist. Along with these, he was also invited by many Law Colleges/ Institutions.
Some Glimpse of his Interview:
Q1. What would you like to have done in the next three months, three years and what are some of the long term objectives you would like to see completed?
In the next three months, three years I see myself at a very good position in society as a social worker who works for the welfare of society. My one and only objective on the behalf of Justice For Rights of Foundation is the permanent solution to the problems of the Martyrs of Para-military. I want to provide them complete social security and it is not just my dream but my passion. I wanted to join the army but was unable to do so and now I want to serve them and their families through this organization.
Q2. How was your experience as you have worked with the renowned lawyer like Attorney General of India, Salman Khurshid, Siddharth Luthra, and Justice Permod Kohli? What is more important in Court which a law student should learn along with legal knowledge?
I had a fantastic experience working with all of them. The first and foremost thing that I would like to tell you about these people is that the way they work and the efforts that they put to achieve anything is remarkable and everyone should learn the same from them. Even in the age of 60-65, they work so hard to complete their work, which is really inspirational. So, according to me each and every person should learn from them. Also, law students should learn legal and moral ethics apart from the legal knowledge which is important to appear in a court. Along with these, a student should learn court etiquettes, professionalism, way to start the conversation and present themselves in the Court as well as in front of their seniors. Also, when you work in Higher Courts and authorities one should be patient and develop the skills of a good orator. Recently, a senior advocate of Supreme Court Mrs. Indira Jaisingh made a remark on Attorney General of India, to which she apologized later. So, all the students should be sincere, patient and respectful towards our seniors because they had far much knowledge about everything as compared to us.
Q3. What makes this organization different from similar organizations?
As a founder of this organization, the specialty of this organization is that the work of each and every member is taken into consideration irrespective of the fact that at which position the person is working in the organization. It is because even I have worked in many organizations and I have faced all the situations. They do not take your work into consideration neither do they listen or follow your advice as an employee. So, this is the main thing that makes this organization different from all the other similar organizations. In my organization, everyone is treated equally because I am running a social organization not a company so for me everyone is just like a family member who is equally important. Also, the members of my organization will be working in the same manner in future as they are working today, hard working and dedicated towards the armed forces and needy people and work for the welfare of the society. There are more than 33 lakhs such organizations in our country but our organization is working with the hard work of youths and guidance of the seniors which is providing us positive results and making us a unique organization.
Q4. What are the organization’s strengths and what challenges does it face?
As I have already stated that the hard work of the young members and guidance of the seniors makes this organization different from other organizations. The youth of our country is much more socially active and aware as compared to the other sections of society. So, their contribution to society through the organization is the strength of the organization. Along with the youth of the country, the support and guidance provided by the seniors like Justice Permod Kohli, Justice VK Shukla, Dr. Upendra Bakshi, PK Mishra Ji(Former DG BSF) and Dr Seema Singh (Prof. DU) has made us to improve our drawbacks and serve the society in a better way. Also, the appreciations that I receive help me work with more efficiency.
Now, moving towards the main problems and challenges that the organization had faced and every other organization faces at the time of the establishment of such an organization is to build trust among people. Even I had to go through such problems. Some people in our country get ready to give moral support but do not actually support us whereas others think it to be ways to make money. They instead of giving support demoralize us. So, it had been very tough for me to bring up the organization in such circumstances.
Q5. How would you critically describe today’s youth who are the future of India in terms of social issues?
As per my observations, youth is 65% of our country’s total population. Among this 65%, more than 35% of youth is not even concerned about the matters and problems of the country. They are only socially active. They just criticize the government and other people. It is good to criticize but to act against the wrong is also necessary. If you yourself are not working, then you have no right to comment or criticize the work of others. They need to come and fight for the burning issues of the society as well as the country. I filed a PIL in the Supreme Court against Netflix and Amazon prime against the content that they are displaying. It is making our youth addicted and also destroying our moral and ethical values. The youth of our country is trying to imitate the people of the other countries, but they do not realize the fact that the culture and diversity of our country different from that of others. Also, such websites are working in a legal field in an illegal way so I have decided to stand against it. It is my sincere request to the youth of our country to act for the welfare of our country. Hard work and strong determination are what we expect from the youth who is the future of our country.
Q6. What advice would you like to give the law students?
The students who are pursuing a five year integrated course, I would like to advise them to first learn the basics and mannerism of the profession. As the law is a noble profession, it is required to learn the minute details that a person requires to pursue it. From the third year, they should explore the legal field as much as they can. They can work under renowned people and learn how they work so that they may get a better knowledge and understanding of the law and society. Also, they should build a level of maturity to work sincerely in Courts. As these students are just school passed out and not matured enough especially the upcoming generation. Now for the students who are pursuing three years course after graduation, as they have a lack of time they need to fasten up the process. In the first semester, they need to learn the basics and from the second semester itself, they should start exploring the field. They need to work hard as compared to those of the students of the integrated course. And for both of them, hard work and patience are required. The last thing I would like to say that choose your field according to your nature like if the profession you are comfortable with, may it be corporate, litigation or judiciary.
Q7. Kindly share your experiences as a resource person at various institutions which you have visited like NIT Trichy, Law College Dehradun and at SSB (force)?
Firstly talking about NIT Trichy, I was invited there for a session on Freedom of speech and it was a very good experience. As I was the youngest speaker there among all the panelists, I got much knowledge from the senior panelist and the audience as well. I always get to know various things from various institutions. I have got some or the other knowledge from such interaction. According to me, interaction is required as it gives us knowledge about the person and also about the surroundings. All over I had a great experience from the places I visited.
Q8. What are your views on the criminalization of triple talaq?
According to me, it is a great initiative to improve the position of Muslim women in society by the NDA government. They have been subject to various evils for a long period of time. So, it is high time to improve their position and give them a voice of their own. I have myself observed that women belonging to other religion are much more revolutionary as compared to Muslim women. Muslim people follow their own laws, and subject to which their women suffer oppression.
It is an impressive and progressive step but there is a need for education and uniform civil code to improve their position more in society.
Q9. How is it that women issues will be resolved?
It is a very crucial matter before the country and the citizen of India. There is a need for strict laws and fast track court. Also, the contribution of each and every citizen is required as it is the matter of the dignity and security of the women irrespective of her caste, religion or race.