Aletho News


An Enlightened Man Among Lawyers

The Indian public interest advocate, Prashant Bhushan, lights the path forward.

By John Leake | Courageous Discourse | February 22, 2023

An old friend who loves India once told me it is the only country in which he’d met what he called an “enlightened man.” His understanding of “enlightenment” was influenced by the German philologist, Max Mueller’s translation of the Sanskrit word, Bodhi (German: Erwachen or Erleuchtung) which translates into English as “awaken” or “enlightenment.” While most of us—with our myriad desires, attachments, and fears—blunder through life, he who possesses Bodhi sees through all of the illusions and deceptions.

My friend was convinced that an enlightened man is instantly recognizable as such, because his enlightenment gives him extraordinary calm, cheerfulness, and courage. At the time I heard this, years ago, I figured my friend was just one of many westerners who have romanticized India. But then, at a conference in Delhi on February 7, I met the great Indian lawyer and public interest advocate, Prashant Bhushan.

As he was one of many people I met at the conference, I didn’t initially realize that he is a world-renowned jurist who recently persuaded the Indian Supreme Court to strike down India’s vaccine mandates as unconstitutional. The only detail I caught in our introduction was that he was a medical freedom advocate. I sat next to him on stage with Drs. McCullough and Malhotra. Before the audience was seated and the formal introductions began, I asked him about the origin of the Indian Constitution.

He had the most friendly and elegant way of speaking with great erudition and not a hint of pedantry. And though a relatively small and slightly built man, he seemed to exude an inner strength. After we spoke for a while, Dr. McCullough leaned over to me and said, “It’s not every day you get to meet a guy who argues a case before the Supreme Court and wins.”

“What?” I asked, not entirely believing my ears.

“Yeah!” McCullough said. “Prashant took on the vaccine syndicate in India and won.”

“Wow!” I exclaimed. “What a man!”

During lunch I Googled him and read his Wikipedia entry, which tells of his extraordinary career as public interest advocate for human rights, environmental protection, constitutional protection, and government accountability, performing most of his work pro bono. In a world of selfish greed and corruption, Mr. Bhushan is one of those rare, enlightened souls who really can lead mankind out of the dark.

The Hindu Times published a report on his argument before the Indian Supreme Court. It seems to me that his reasoning and his victory serve as a beacon of hope for everyone who cares about classical liberal principles and constitutional protections.

February 23, 2023 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Timeless or most popular | , ,


  1. There’s something about fawning over someone else that I find very off-putting. That the author is fawning over the lawyer for being enlightened, relative to us blunderers, somehow makes it worse. Oh, but he includes himself… smh

    I am curious about how the lawyer did what he did.


    Comment by Matt | February 24, 2023 | Reply

    • Whatever the legal particulars may be, it seems that the court is siding with India. That’s more than can be said for many.

      It’s a rare “beacon of hope.”


      Comment by aletho | February 24, 2023 | Reply

      • Yes, it’s good news that the Indian court ruled in favor of the people. I’m glad to hear it. Regarding the particulars, I thought it might be interesting—that a person is enlightened is not interesting to me; what an enlightened person did, is. I was thinking of Attorney, Bobbie Ann Cox, in New York, who writes (look for her in Substack) about how she blocked the NY governor from legalizing the quarantining of people on the mere accusation of being contagious. That’s a very interesting case, which is being appealed, I think.


        Comment by Matt | February 24, 2023 | Reply

  2. I see too many signs that there’s a grand plan in place to set a large camp of people up as evil which will in the end be defeated by so-called “good.” In the music industry, run by Jews, we see artists promoting gods of the traditional enemies of Israel, then we see these artists exposed for being Satan followers and engaging in depravities. It seems to me that it’s very likely that Bourla, Schwab, and the like are probably disposable fall guys, Ron DeSantis is merely playing the people’s advocate, and India’s win, in this legal case, is part of this plan. Aren’t all high-level political figures vetted by the banking devils for being manipulatable? But who knows? Maybe this Indian judge was persuaded by an enlightened presentation of the case. Or, maybe it’s part of the plan to have us plebes believe that.


    Comment by Matt | February 24, 2023 | Reply

    • Maybe the weight of Western neocolonial dominance has reached its breaking point. Maybe, for India and much of the third world, multi-polarism has more appeal. It could come in fits and starts but it is happening.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by aletho | February 24, 2023 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: