Tribute to Jusctice Binod Pal, Indian Member of Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal
Justice Pal wsd the lone dissenting judge at the Tokyo War crimes trial
A Man of Substance
The Tokyo War Crimes tribunal was established by order of General McArthur the supreme commander of the US far Eastern Command. The Tribunal was constituted on the lines of the Nuremburg war crimes tribunal. The Tokyo war crimes tribunal was set up with the purpose of trying 'war criminals' of japan. The victor the USA, was both the judge and the arbitor and framed the laws to suite them. Thus the defination of war crimes was worded to try the Japanese leadership, while a close look would implicate the US leadership led by Harry Truman as well.
But one Indian who was an eminent jurist in India who was made a memeber of the tribunal decided to let his concsious speak and in the bargain did something for which all Indians should be proud off. His name was justice Radha Binod Pal a jurist from Calcutta. Justice Pal was born in 1886 and expired in 1967. His finest hour was the trial of the japanese leadership atthe war crimes trial.
Justice Pal gave a dissenting judgement in the tribunal. Justice pal's judgment if read in totality will show that the Tokyo war crimes trial was a kangaroo court which hanged the top Japanese leadership.
Justice Pal in his judgement held the entire Japanese leadership not guilty and at the same time he also said the trial is incomplete without examining the conduct of the US leadership in dropping the Atomic bomb over Japan. Justice Pal considered the trial unjust and unreasonable as it was an example of justice being meted out by victors to the vanquished.
Every Indian must raise his head up at the conduct of Justice Pal. He made us proud. One can only hope that more people like him come up. People like Justice Pal are the need of the hour.