No scope for divisive, non-inclusive agenda: CJI NV Ramana

Justice Ramana, whose tenure ends in another eight weeks, made his blunt remarks at San Francisco while addressing the Association of Indo-Americans

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, July 02, 2022, 11:42 PM IST
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No scope for divisive, non-inclusive agenda: CJI NV Ramana | ANI Photo

NEW DELHI: In an unusual outpouring, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Saturday affirmed that there is no space for divisive, narrow, intolerant and non-inclusive driven political approach in the 21st Century.

Justice Ramana, whose tenure ends in another eight weeks, made his blunt remarks at San Francisco while addressing the Association of Indo-Americans.

“In the 21st century, we cannot allow petty, narrow and divisive issues to dictate human and societal relationships. We have to rise above all divisive issues to remain focused on human development. A non-inclusive approach is an invitation to disaster”, he said.

He added: “This principle of inclusivity is universal. It needs to be honoured everywhere in the world, including in India. Inclusivity strengthens the unity in society which is key to peace and progress. We need to focus on issues that unite us. Not on those that divide us.”

He further lamented concerted attempts to run down the independence of judiciary saying “it is the vigorously promoted ignorance among general public which is coming to the aid of such forces whose only aim is to run down the only independent organ.”

Dwelling on the mindset, Chief Justice Ramana said, “The party in power believes that every Governmental action is entitled to judicial endorsement. Likewise, the parties in opposition expect the judiciary to advance their political positions and causes. ’’

This “flawed thinking” of all hues, CJI Ramana said, “flourishes in the absence of proper understanding among people about the Constitution and the functioning of the democratic institutions.’’

Judiciary is an independent organ which is answerable to the Constitution alone and not to any political parties or ideologies, Ramana concluded. In India, there is a wrong notion among political parties that the judiciary should advance their respective political agendas, he said.

Highlighting importance of promoting tolerance and inclusivity, he cited the example of USA itself. "Please remember. It is the tolerance and inclusive nature of American society that is able to attract the best talents from all over the world, which in turn is contributing to its growth. Honouring qualified talents from diverse backgrounds is also essential to sustain confidence of all the sections of the society in the system. This principle of inclusivity is universal. It needs to be honoured everywhere in the world, including in India. Inclusivity strengthens the unity in society which is key to peace and progress. We need to focus on issues that unite us. Not on those that divide us," he said.

He reminded the audience while they may be leading an affluent life in USA, their parents and relative back home in India should also be able to live in a peaceful society which is free from hate and violence.

"If you cannot take care of your peace and well being of your parents back home what is the use of your wealth and status here. A nation that welcomes everyone with open arms and assimilates all cultures is bound to prosper," the CJI said.

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