This chapter describes the life of the judges after retirement. After being forced to leave the bench at sixty-five, less than half a dozen spent the evenings of their lives completely retired. For the remainder, retirement was often just a brief pause in their careers. Their average age at death was close to eighty and some remained active literally until the end. A judge’s pension was unattractive, so many of them had to find other activities for income. For nearly three-quarters of them, the most common activity was serving as chairman of one or more of the ubiquitous national or state commissions, tribunals, and committees. India is a land of commissions. Commissions are a highly institutionalized tradition, a deeply ingrained feature of the political culture. At any one time dozens are functioning, providing many job opportunities for retired SCI and high court judges.
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