Hello everyone, My name is Raja Choudhary and Currently I am a practising Lawyer at Delhi High Court. I am glad to share that I have got the opportunity to pursue my LLM Degree from the SOAS, University of London and Birbeck Research Institute , London . I accepted Offer Letter Of SOAS .The course is commencing from 29th of September and i have to accept the offer by 31st of August 2021.I have accepted my unconditional offer and applied for visa .
I am the first generation member who could even complete his graduation. I was born and brought up in a small village in Darbhanga, Bihar. Hailing from a flood hit and the most backward geographies of the Country, Education was a privilege for me. I graduated from the Hindu College .Despite being a Literature student I always had interest in legal studies and have been fascinated by how law transpires in the country. Later on I did my law degree from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi where my understanding on Law and Constitution evolved. My research aims to study the Basic Structure of the Indian Constitution. Even though Indian democracy is in the cradles in realizing its core principles, I have always visualized the constitution as an evolving document. On the contrary, the basic structure doctrine made me skeptical of its independent growth. Having said that, didn’t the Supreme Court’s judgment on NJAC close the doors for the constitution to expand and rebuild itself according to the needs of the time. With the aforementioned understanding I would like to explore the relevance of basic structure in Indian judiciary and whether it stands in coherence with the principle of separation of power or not?
Apart from Academics I have been involved in student politics as well. In 2017 I fought elections independently for Delhi University Students Union and got massive support. In an election that is fought on money and muscle power he fought on his manifesto with minimal amount of money. Although I lost the election but tried to fulfill the agenda that I promised to the university students. Movements for Library 24*7, affordable accommodation for girl’s and ‘Save Environment Movement’ against the illegal construction of 39 floor buildings are examples of it. I not only worked for the student issues but delegated well with the university administration.
In the three years of bachelors, I was the founder of linguistic cell society and Buniyad Civil service society. On the one hand linguistic cell helped students coming from non english speaking backgrounds which enabled them to interact with people of diverse identities. On the other hand, Buniyad civil service society of Hindu college was formed to provide remedial classes to students outside the classroom who face difficulties understanding the texts and lectures. Besides this I am also one of the founding members of Delhi University Debating Association .I did not limit learning to the classroom itself, my constant feeling to implement the things and engage with the larger question of the society. It gives me utmost pleasure that activism did not affect my academics and maintained a good record at academics and tried to implement the theories learnt in books. In 2020 the Government of India nominated my book “AYODHYA” for the Prestigious “Sahitya Academy Youth Award” for Hindi. I have been involved in opening many schools and libraries in Places like Grameen Jaipur and Darbhanga.
Along with being a Lawyer I am also working as a ‘Policy and Legal Assistant’ to Ghaziabad administration and ‘Executive Editor’ of a Youtube Channel “AmbedkarNama”. In Ambedkar Nama, I am working with Dr. Ratan Lal where my role is to critically engage with the Constituent Assembly Debates and to bring the unsung heroes and their contribution towards the formation of Indian Constitution at forefront. I also run a lecture series on “Indian Constitution at Work” and my aim is to create the narrative of Constitutionalism among my audience.
Folks, I have less than a month to pay the fees and few days left to respond to the institute whether I'll be taking admissions or not. Though I am trying to explore other options such as taking loans and doing some part time jobs to meet my living expenses. The tuition fees for the SOAS is 23,680 Pounds (approx 2394320 in Indian Rupees). Given the high amount of tuition fees, I need your help to pay it. As your contribution to help me pursue my masters degree in one of the most renowned institutions of the world.