While many believe that the ancient Indian language Sanskrit is dead and defunct and most of the lawyers in India prefer to work in the Hindi and English language, there is still a lawyer in Kashi who has been using Sanskrit language only in his legal cases. Also Read: The journey of the lawyer ‘Seema Samridhi’ who hanged Nirbhaya’s rapist
The lawyer, Acharya Shyam Upadhyay, refuses to accept that Sanskrit is a dead language. For the last 38 years, each and every aspect of his work has been done in Sanskrit. He presents his affidavits and also examines the court in Sanskrit. He has impressed the judges with his perseverance and dedication. Judges also make their verdict in Sanskrit or Hindi. Also Read: First time Hindi to be recognized as official language of Kashmir, read details
Shyamji wants his name to be enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records as he claimed that he is the only lawyer in India who has been practicing in Sanskrit for the last 38 years. His Sanskrit so simply that can easily be interpreted by everyone.
Shyamji is an Acharya in Buddhist philosophy from Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwa Vidyalaya and a BA LLB in the Sanskrit language from Harishchandra College. Once, when he was in school, his father told him that the Indian courts do not use the Sanskrit language. This twitched him and on the same day, he took a pledge that he would practice as a lawyer only in the Sanskrit language.
Also, he has written about 60 novels in Sanskrit. Besides this, in 2003, for his continuous and selfless service since 1978, he was awarded ‘Sanskrit Mitram’ by the Human Resource and Development Ministry. Also Read: The government should give official recognition to Indian Sign Language (ISL): Vaibhav Kothari