SHRI COLIN GONSALVES
Shri. Colin Gonsalves, a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, and a fighter for social justice and a champion of the exploited who has fought against government and big business interests, has won precedent-setting cases in favour of the poor and marginalized groups. Shri. Colin Gonsalves who began his career as a civil engineer graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology- Mumbai was soon drawn to the law through union work and concerns over labour issues and exploitation with the mill workers union in the city of Mumbai.
Since then, Gonsalves has pioneered public interest law in India by setting up a network of 500 lawyers around the country and is now one of its most prominent human rights litigators. He is a socially conscious individual who has strived to ensure that in the building of a new post-colonial nation, the inherent dignity and worth of every human being is respected. And to achieve this end he has represented children in danger of exploitation by selfish and wicked elements, villagers on the brink of starvation and prisoners rotting in jails without the due process of law.
Shri. Colin Gonsalves has also been awarded the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association in recognition for his contribution to the cause of human rights, an essential quality for democracy’s effectiveness.