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Ten contemporary Dharma Warriors: 2. J. Sai Deepak

We continue our “Ten Contemporary Dharma Warriors” series with a brief overview of J. Sai Deepak’s work. Please look for related posts using “Dharma Warrirors” search tag.

Born in Chennai, J Sai Deepak completed his early education at St. Anthony School in Hyderabad and later obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Anna University in Chennai. He subsequently earned a law degree from IIT Kharagpur’s Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law.[1] Sai Deepak is a practicing advocate in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India. His legal expertise encompasses constitutional law, civil law, and commercial law. Additionally, he holds the position of Honorary Advisor to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion within the Government of India. [2]

Sai Deepak has penned two profoundly insightful books: “India That Is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution” and “India, Bharat and Pakistan: The Constitutional Journey of a Sandwiched Civilisation.” These works critically analyze colonialism and its profound impact on society’s collective psyche.

Beyond his literary pursuits, Sai Deepak is an active advocate for dharma not just on social media platforms but also in diverse arenas such as panel discussions on television, engaging with the youth in colleges, participating in social leader conclaves within the media, debates against adversaries, and notably, confronting anti-dharma forces in the court of law.

One remarkable aspect of J Sai Deepak is his clarity regarding his identity. He explicitly rejects the label of being a South Indian, emphasizing that he is an Indian from Southern India. His astute observations, meticulous analysis, and adept arguments have positioned him at the forefront of significant dharmic legal battles.

His legal prowess, primarily in intellectual property law and constitutional matters, has seen him involved in critical cases such as the Sabarimala case, India’s defense against Pakistan regarding the geographical link of basmati rice to India, and representing the Hindu perspective on issues like the Uniform Civil Code and CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act).

Deeply engaged in advocating for constitutional integrity, he stands against what he sees as the civilizational challenges through constitutional selective secularism, subconscious colonialism, and communal fascism. His vocal support for the rights of dharma proponents was particularly evident in the Sabarimala case. Moreover, his recent involvement in a petition concerning LGBTQ marriages and adoption in the Supreme Court showcased a well-reasoned dharmic perspective.

Furthermore, he has been a leading advocate for the freedom of temples from government control. Recently, he urged the opposition parties, especially those in ruling positions in various states, to support the liberation of temples from government control, amplifying the discourse around this crucial issue.[3]

Sai Deepak exhibits a profound commitment to standing up for dharma and those advocating for it, a quality that shines through his life choices. Despite his background in mechanical engineering, he pursued law, demonstrating a dedication to defending dharma through a different avenue. His support for co-dharmic voices is evident in his representation of Anand Ranganathan during his Delhi HC contempt case.[4]

Moreover, Sai Deepak’s unwavering loyalty to the cause he supports is apparent in his continued legal advocacy for the dharmic side in the Sabarimala case, specifically concerning the tradition of priest appointments. His consistent support for and defense of dharmic principles underscores his deep-rooted commitment to upholding traditions and values. [5]

Sai Deepak’s remarkable debating skills have left many of his opponents, including figures like Asaduddin Owaisi[6], Trupti Desai[7], Shashi Tharoor, and various commentators, at a loss in public debates. His stance on the controversy surrounding the Hijab in Karnataka Schools emphasized prioritizing collective interests over individual freedoms, which sparked significant debate.[8]

Moreover, he has expressed reservations regarding the proposed Uniform Civil Code (UCC), citing concerns about its potential conflict with Hindu culture. He firmly criticizes rooting the colonial ideals of democracy and secularism as the basis for such a law.[9] Sai Deepak’s viewpoints, often forthright and against mainstream opinion, include his critique of Mahatma Gandhi, refusing to address him as “Mahatma” or consider him a saint. He scrutinized Gandhi’s statements urging Hindus and Jews not to resist physical attacks on different occasions, presenting rational arguments to support his analysis.[10]

Sai Deepak strongly opposes Dravidianism, likening it to Khalistanism, both seen as tactics aimed at creating divisions among people and separating the land from the core of Bharat and its cultural heritage. He consistently advocates for the dharmic viewpoint on Hindu relationships within the legal system.

In one instance, during arguments presented in the Delhi High Court, he voiced the belief that the courts should not intervene in matters related to marital rape. His argument revolves around preventing judicial overreach, where the courts, pursuing justice through activism, might intrude into personal lives by expanding the boundaries of existing offenses or formulating new ones. He advocates for the legislative branch to manage lawmaking within its designated domain, thus preserving the separation of powers.[11]

In a counter-argument against the advocacy for absolute rights regarding same-sex marriage, J Sai Deepak highlighted the potential broader implications on adoption and child welfare that might arise if the LGBTQ community were granted those rights.[12]

Regarding the issue of Diwali firecrackers, Sai Deepak has been vocal in his stance against the Supreme Court’s annual orders banning their sale. He opposes these bans, often issued under the pretext of pollution, despite studies conducted by institutions like IIT that demonstrate firecrackers as one of the least polluting sources. While many perceive firecrackers as peripheral to the enjoyment of Diwali, Sai Deepak argues that they are integral to our dharmic rituals.[13] [14] His arguments are rooted in civilizational and ethnocentrism, which advocates for reconciliation with truth as the starting point.[15]

Following Sai is undoubtedly a must for all dharmics who want to stand up to invasive arguments of the secularists in the language of the law. While he is active on Twitter and YouTube, his shorts have been a rage among the youth.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Eg9M1Oz9NJw%3Ffeature%3Doembed
Citations

[1] J Sai Deepak interview with Dainik Jagran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndSqpxB4EUs

[2]J Sai Deepak on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/sai-deepak-j-7155524/

[3] 4 Questions opposition should ask the Government – J Sai Deepak https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/j-sai-deepak-exclusive-four-questions-the-opposition-is-not-asking-the-bjp-government-in-parliament/3191921/

[4] J Sai Deepak files affidavit for Dr. Anand Ranganathan in Delhi HC contempt case https://lawbeat.in/news-updates/weve-filed-affidavit-adv-j-sai-deepak-dr-anand-ranganathan-tells-delhi-high-court-2018-contempt-case

[5] J Sai Deepak makes five critical points during the argument in Sabarimala Temple priest appointment case https://www.oneindia.com/india/j-sai-deepak-makes-five-critical-points-during-argument-in-sabarimala-temple-priest-appointment-case-3534830.html

[6] Arguing Islamic law with Owaisi https://www.youtube.com/shorts/_l6JiuxH-hs

[7] Sabrimala argument by J Sai Deepak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAAaNaYkeQI

[8] Hijab controversy in Karnataka – J Sai Deepak articulates views indicated at  https://openthemagazine.com/cover-stories/of-a-uniform-dress-code/

[9] Underprepared UCC introduction will be adverse for Hindu culture – J Sai Deepak https://www.opindia.com/2022/02/hindus-will-lose-out-if-ucc-brought-without-preparations-adv-j-sai-deepak/

[10] Refuse to call Gandhi a Mahatma – J Sai Deepak https://www.youtube.com/shorts/RruCuPaPHQ0

[11] J Sai Deepak on marital rape case in Delhi HC – https://www.thequint.com/news/law/delhi-hc-marital-rape-exception-j-sai-deepak-arguments-retain-exception-2-rk-kapoor#read-more

[12] J Sai Deepak on same-sex marriage https://www.thequint.com/news/law/delhi-hc-marital-rape-exception-j-sai-deepak-arguments-retain-exception-2-rk-kapoor#read-more

[13] Sai Deepak explains why firecrackers are a part of our religious rituals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDJxwVh_C-c

[14] Crackers are part of Hindu religious rituals – J Sai Deepak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2iRFO_VrAg

[15] Civilizationalism and Ethnocentrism – J SaI Deepak https://thedailyguardian.com/civilisationalism-and-ethnocentrism-whats-the-difference/

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