Last year I was commissioned by the family of the eminent lawyer, Habibullah Badsha, to annotate, edit and bring out as a book his memoirs. When Mercy Seasons Justice is the result. This was released yesterday – 30th Dec 2018.
The circumstances of his marriage to a Hindu made news in the 1960s. Belying all critics, he and his wife Shyamala had a long and happy married life. It was a union among equals and can be held up even today as a textbook lesson on how religious boundaries can be transcended. Between them, Habibullah and Shyamala raised a family of three children, who today carry forward their parents’ values.
Badsha made a mark in social service as well. Several organisations that serve the needy and downtrodden have benefited from his time, advice and generosity. He also helped many deserving people in his individual capacity.
Such a life, an exemplar for most of us today, is documented in this book. May it serve as a beacon for all his family members and future generations to come.