Sh. Tika Lal Taploo born in 1930.
A man dedicated to a cause from childhood to the end
unmoved by the threats and intimation allurements or
Tika Lal passed his Matriculation in 1945 from Punjab
University and did his M.A.L.L.B from Aligarh Muslim
University in 1958. He was ignored admission along with
other Kashmiri Punditís but he started agitation and
staged Dharna in front of the University campus along
with other students till he was given admission. He
completed his law in 1957.
Sh.Taploo joined Kashmir Bar in 1957, and since then
had been working as an active Participant in Promotion
of Justice. He was enrolled as an Advocate of high Court
on April 1971.
Tika Lal Taploo was a social worker and was arrested
six times as RSS activist.
Tika Lal got married to Smt.Sarla who was working as
Govt. Teacher in 1957.
On 14th Septemberí1989 Kashmir was plunged in grief
and darkness such as it had not experienced before in
living memory. The warm, gifted, humane and self-less
young Sh.Tika Lal Taploo was felled by the assassins,
bullets in broad-day light outside his own house in
Srinagar. The Islamic fundamentalists had murdered not
only Taploo but also an old faith and culture of universal
brotherhood and love and tolerance which be symbolized
in his life.
Sh.Taploo was attached many times before also, but he
stood like a lion and iron pillar between Kashmir and
the Islamic fundamentalism.
Knowing the fact that his life is in threat, he left
his family at Delhi and returned Kashmir on 8th Septí1989.
On 12th Septemberí1989 he was attacked at his residence
in Chinkral Mohalla, but came out openly and challenged
the militants without any fear.
Sh.Tikalal Taploo was one who Muslims more than Hindus
and Hindus more than Muslims had to decades taken as
their friend, sympathizer and benefactor.
Shri Taploo was an ardent champion of liberty and upholder
of fundamental rights of the citizens. In 1975 when
the hag hands of internal Emergency had gripped the
whole nation at its throat, on the call of Lok Sangagh
Samiti formed by various national parties under the
leadership of Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan Jee, TIKALAL
courted arrest at historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar with
three others colleagues. While in custody third degree
methods did the police in him and his two fearless companions
adopt? The police in interrogation, of Sh. Taploo had
eroded all norms of civil liberties and human rights.
Tika Lal along with his companion Sh.Madan Lal Khashu
and Sh.Shiban Jee Pandita were treated as criminals,
so much so, for producing before the Magistrate in Srinagar
Court, they were handcuffed and dragged through the
buessy market of Maharaja Bazar, Sarai-Bala, Amiri-Kadal,
Harozi Bagh etc. On their entry in the court premises
all advocates cutting across political affiliation and
faiths thronged into the bar and protested against the
hand-cuffing of Sh. Taploo and foiled the attempt of
the police who were trying to seek further remand for
inflicting more torture. After remaining in judicial
lock up for months he was honorably released along with
Unlike Tika Lals temperament his dress would be simple
and so was his heart. Tears of a woman or an oppressed,
irrespective of their caste, would move him. As a lawyer
he used to plead the cases not for his pleasure but
to please the oppressed, the down trodden, the needy.
Tika Lal was very popular among the classes of society
that are economically backward. Material gains had very
scant influence on his temperament. People especially
students facing any problems having legal implications
would without any formal obligation first rush to seek
counsel from Tika Lal Jee. In Aligarh University while
graduating in Law and post graduating in Humanities,
and at Bar the ideals of simple living and high thinking,
dedication in the services of the nation and fearlessness
imbibed by him in R.S.S. Shakha remained with all through