Remembering Shamnad Basheer
Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded IDIA in 2010 when he was teaching in the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He realised that most of his students were from more privileged backgrounds. He realised the importance of diversity in legal education. He and a few volunteers went to a school in the small town of Pelling in Sikkim to spread awareness about law as a career and created the IDIA National Aptitude Test (INAT) on the spot! This was the start of the IDIA Charitable Trust.
Prof. Basheer graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and did his post-graduate studies from the University of Oxford. He was a renowned academician, known especially for his contributions in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). He was the founder of the leading IPR blog in India, SpicyIP. He was awarded the Infosys Prize 2014 in Humanities.
He was tormented by an unidentified illness in the last few years. He was found dead in Chickmagalur, Karnataka in August 2019. The news of his demise left us all shocked and bereaved. Many condolence and remembrance meets across India were organized by IDIA teams, law schools, law firms and other people and institutions. Heartfelt condolences and obituaries poured in from his friends, family and acquaintances, including many legal luminaries in India and abroad.
Here are links to a few of them:
Mahtab Alam, Shamnad Basheer, My Friend And One of the Country’s Brightest Legal Minds,https://thewire.in/law/shamnad-basheer-tribute.
Murali Neelakantan, Shamnad Basheer, My Friend – An Enigma, A Troubled Soul, https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/shamnad-basheer-my-friend-an-enigma-a-troubled-soul.
Prashant Reddy, Shamnad Basheer (1976–2019): The Man, the Academic and the Friend, https://spicyip.com/2019/08/shamnad-basheer-1976-2019-the-man-the-academic-and-the-friend.html.
Somasekhar Sundaresan, In memory of Shamnad Basheer, https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/in-memory-of-shamnad-basheer/articleshow/70610345.cms.
Gopal Sankaranarayanan, The Art of Kindness, https://www.livelaw.in/columns/the-art-of-kindness-147051.
Neil Wilkof, Remembering Shamnad Basheer, https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/08/remembering-shamnad-basheer.html
Nandini Khaitan, Shamnad Basheer: How an affable, erudite professor influenced everyone around him, https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/professor-shamnad-basheer-dead-law-5899557/
Upendra Baxi, Shamnad Basheer: A Void Difficult to Fill, http://www.indialegallive.com/obituary/shamnad-basheer-a-void-difficult-to-fill-70838
IDIA Scholar Namrata Dubey, An IDIA Scholar’s Tribute to Shamnad Basheer, https://barandbench.com/idia-scholar-tribute-shamnad-basheer/
Madhurima Mukherjee, Shamnad Basheer: An indomitable spirit, https://blog.scconline.com/post/2019/08/27/shamnad-basheer-an-indomitable-spirit/
He will always be remembered fondly, and we will keep his legacy alive!