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Neither Roses Nor Thorns

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His biography is full of picturesque scenes of social reality and judicial attitudes. The individual faiths and principles versus the circumstantial forces or situations, pulls and pressures is the theme of the story of Mr. Khanna's life that is depicted in the book. Every lover of justice, every worshipper of individual liberty should read the book to strengthen one's faith. -- Cuttack Law Times

Justice Khanna who in the words of an eminent columnist, is so clean a man that he makes angels look dishevelled and dirty. -- Organiser

Neither Roses Nor Thorns reveals a man who is deeply thoughtful, gentle and firm of purpose, of strong moral principles without being flamboyant or even mildly demonstrative. Those of us who have known Khanna, in or outside judicial office, have found him pleasant and warm of heart. As a man who sacrificed the highest honour that a persons in the judicial profession in this country can aspire to and did not project himself as a hero, the author of "Neither Roses Nor Thorns" must belong to a very tiny minority indeed. No wonder he has won such abounding public esteem in the 10 years since he retired from the Supreme Court. -- The Tribune

The book under review is a bouquet of roses having thorns as well, the bouquet essentially meaning the compilation of different articles by the author. The articles though related to different topics can be said to have blossomed from a single type of bud; the bud being the memories of the author. -- All India Reporter

The reason d'etre for writing this autobiography as given by the author is quite simple yet persuasive. He thinks: "he has a tale to tell which may be of interest to others". Written in very simple cogent and lucid manner, the story of Justice Khanna offers an intelligent and refreshing materials. Devoid of complexities and egoistic assertions, the contents bear freshness and serenity. The author, Justice H.R. Khanna, will be remembered in the annals of Indian Judiciary as one of the most outstanding and courageous judge. It was he alone who, by his bold dissenting opinion in Habeas Corpus case attempted to revive the other wise suspended fundamental rights of citizens during emergency era. Indeed Justice Khanna reached his finest glory and highest judicial wisdom when he held: " The suspension of the right to enforce Article 21 could not have greater effect than the repeal of Article 21." One can learn from reading the book that during his 25 silvery years of judicial career he rendered many epoch making judgements which became milestones. -- Indian Judicial Reports

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