Roses In December: An Autobiography presents the life of M. C. Chagla, in the midst of India?s most historical events.
Summary Of The Book
Roses In December: An Autobiography, originally published in 1973, is the autobiography of Mahommedali Currim Chagla, who was the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court from 1948 to 1958.
Roses In December: An Autobiography takes readers into the life of this great personality, while covering the unfolding of Indian history. The author was a member of the Muslim League, and was a follower of Jinnah. However, once he learnt that Jinnah wanted a separate country, Chagla decided to part ways. He founded the Muslim Nationalist Party in Bombay to continue working for India?s freedom. The book also brings to light the Emergency that was imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975. Chagla gave a famous speech while inaugurating the All India Civil Liberties Conference in Ahmedabad, in which he opposed the Indian Emergency. Readers will also come across topics like Kashmir, the Parliament of India, Indian PMs and Presidents, and more.
This autobiography shares with readers some very personal anecdotes. The author?s original surname was not Chagla. In Roses In December: An Autobiography, he says that the surname that he was born with implied that he belonged to the merchant class. He asked his grandfather for a new name, who replied ?Chagla?. Chagla, meaning favourite in Kutchi, was the author?s father?s nickname.
Roses In December: An Autobiography gives readers the opportunity to learn about a great Indian. It is certainly a must read for anyone who is a part of the legal system.
About M. C. Chagla
Mahommedali Currim Chagla, born in 1900, was an Indian lawyer, Cabinet Minister, diplomat, and the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
Chagla studied at St. Xavier’s High School and College in Bombay. In 1919, he joined Lincoln College, Oxford. The author graduated with a distinction in B.A. in the Honours School of Modern History in 1922. He then joined the Bar of the Bombay High Court. Chagla became a Professor of Constitutional Law at the Government Law College, Bombay in 1927. In 1941, he was appointed as a judge at the Bombay High Court. Seven years later, he became its Chief Justice, a position he held for ten years. In 1958, Chagla retired from the High Court, and became the Indian ambassador in USA. He was later appointed as the Indian High Commissioner in United Kingdom. He was India?s Education Minister, and also was the Minister for External Affairs. He passed away in 1981.