Q) As a faculty member at universities like Osmania and NALSAR, how important would you say it is to understand the crux of strategic studies, especially as law students?
I am glad you asked that question. The way I see it, law students should be all-rounders because of the law’s omnipresence and how it is intertwined with everything in our society. Understanding strategic studies such as threat analysis or national security give a law student a passive ability to form a synergy between law and other aspects of life, which in turn will develop the ability to argue if you are interested in litigation or any other side of law. Lawyers and law students, by default, must be all-rounders. You should know a little bit about everything, like medical, technology, economics, art, strategy, etc.
Q) Do you think that law students should get to study international relations and foreign policies as their subjects?
Like I have said before, the law is interlinked with everything. Without understanding international relations, how can you be under international law? How do you know how and where to apply it? It goes hand in hand.
Another thing I want to say to law students is that you need to know about yourself, your land, and your religion, and connect them to global socio-political-economic happenings. Then only will you emerge as a groomed lawyer who can see, fight for, and deliver justice.
Q) If one were to peel back your legal persona, how would you describe yourself as outside of the legal field?
I don’t have a law degree as such. I taught Political Science at NALSAR, and I resigned because I wanted to start and give my full attention and focus to this think tank. I learned more about the law on my own to compensate for not having a law degree. I request all law students to think very passionately about India, given its diverse shape and size, and to keep ‘Think Tank’ as a career option as the country desperately needs it. Start the ball rolling, get like-minded people together, acquire, discuss, and disseminate proper information. Not only can ‘Think Tanks’ earn a lot of money, but you don’t need to sell yourself in the process. Think of it as an option rather than following the usual paths laid out. Here you can make changes to your motherland, empower it, protect it. You can touch more lives and more yet to come and inspire them to do the same.
Q) Apart from being an inspiration due to all of your achievements, you are also a well-balanced individual with multiple interests outside of academics, and inspire students by showcasing that it is possible to have interests out of the field while still being the absolute best at what they do. You also advocate for yoga and mental health. Being a prior intern at your Centre, I myself have had the experience of you sending such posts on the WhatsApp group. So, sir, how would you suggest students and aspiring lawyers manage their time while also balancing all aspects of life?
We should be internally happy to spread happiness. My happiness lies in keeping myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially fit. We should love nature, love helping others. The glamorous glow I get from seeing people happy because of my assistance far outweighs the glow we get from makeup. What is real on the inside will automatically reflect on the outside. I love myself and that’s why I invest in myself. This helps me get good thoughts and where to share them. I share them with these ‘Think Tanks’. It is important to learn to what extent you can influence anybody by being happy, by not harming them, and by not entering into their personal space. I am responsible for only two things: firstly, the physical and biological birth given by my mother; and secondly, where I was born, my motherland. If I have these two as my balancing forces, I will never lose balance. My success or failure stories oscillate between these two factors.
Thus, we at Lawocals, under the guidance of learned Dr R. Kanneganti, Conclude that,
each moment is a challenge. It is secondary whether we are successful or not. Always believe that the forces which are for you are always greater than the forces which are against you. If your intentions are pure, the whole Universe will conspire to make it happen. The most important aspects are the purity and nobility of one’s intentions.
If the intentions are good, the entire ‘Pancha Bhoota’ (all five elements) will come to your aid. Never ask for immediate gratification. If you need to have your line in a history book, you need to sacrifice and commit. Take life very seriously with a happy approach. Tell yourself that you are stronger than the challenges thrown at you. Thanks for your challenges because they are the real ones to tell you who you are. The most important virtue we all should have is “patience”.