The country will progress only when citizens are aware of the Constitution: CJI Ramana

Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Sunday said that a constitutional republic will flourish only when its citizens are aware of what their constitution envisages.

He emphasized that every individual should be made aware of their rights and duties, and that it should be the endeavor of law graduates to explain the constitutional provisions to the people in simple terms.

Addressing the fifth convocation of Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur at a hotel here, he described law as an instrument of social change and said that law school graduates should be converted into social engineers.

The CJI said, “This generation of youth is taking the world by revolution. Be it the climate crisis or human rights violations, they are a united force across the globe. In fact, the technological revolution has made each and every one of us global citizens.” Have given.” , saying that it was time for all of them to join the revolution.

Underlining the role of youth in achieving social change through the rule of law and constitution, he said, “The sad reality is that the supreme document defining the aspirations of modern independent India lies in the knowledge of law students, legal practitioners, etc. and a very small section of the Indian population.”

“Constitution is for every citizen. Every person should be made aware of their rights and duties. It is our collective duty to promote constitutional culture and raise awareness. It should be your effort to explain the constitutional provisions in simple words and assimilate it ethos in the mind of the people,” he said.

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“A constitutional republic will flourish only when its citizens are aware of what their constitution envisages,” he said.

Describing the law profession as “extremely challenging, intellectually stimulating and incredibly satisfying”, the CJI said, “The legal profession has not fully emerged from the olden days, but the importance of genealogy, family history and hereditary legal practice is gradually increasing. – slowly fading away.”

He said that the youth, who are the first generation lawyers, are shining and scaling new heights in the profession through their hard work and commitment.

“… a lawyer is not just a representative before the court. Knowing just a statute won’t help you in the long run. Your clients ask you to be aware of different aspects of business, society or even sports. Need a lawyer to be an all-rounder, a leader and a change maker. Remember that new ways of thinking can invite criticism. But don’t let this kind of criticism bother you ,” CJI Ramana said.

Law school education should convert graduates into social engineers, as law is an instrument of social change, he said.

“The most vulnerable are often the victims of human rights violations by the state or by anti-social elements. As youth advocates, you are best placed to strongly oppose this through legal action. Your distribution to society is your responsibility. Competent assistance is needed. Cheap justice to the needy,” he said.

Describing the legal aid services in India as the largest in the world, the CJI said, “We need young bright minds to steer the movement in the right direction.”

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“I urge you all to take up as many free matters as possible in your pursuit of material wealth, not forgetting the power of change that lies within you. You must have a vision of the world in which you live. want. But a vision is not enough. You have to stand up and fight for it.”

Meanwhile, the CJI also congratulated Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, saying that he has heard that the Chhattisgarh government is taking adequate care of the infrastructural and budgetary needs of the judicial community in the state.

He hoped that this trend would continue and Chhattisgarh would emerge as a role model in providing best infrastructure to the judiciary.

Chief guest of the program was CM Baghel, while Supreme Court Judge Justice S Abdul Nazeer presided over the program. Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Arup Kumar Goswami was also present.

A public relations officer of HNLU said, there are 60 students from BA LLB (Hons) (Batch of 2015-2020), 147 from BA LLB (Hons) (2016-2021), 49 from LLM (20192020) and 61 students. Degrees were awarded to LLM (2020-2021), while four students were awarded Ph.D.

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