New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Constitution Day celebrations organised by the Supreme Court to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution today, 26 November, in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Kovind said that the Constitution is the scripture of our nation that has to be read in a sensitive and delicate manner, and the Constitution gave this onerous task to the judiciary. Keeping the role of the Supreme Court as final interpreter of the Constitution and the laws enacted under it, the judiciary assumes the role of its guardian, he observed.
The authors of our Constitution took extra care in providing it the necessary powers and freedoms to function without any undue influence, and over these eventful seven decades the judiciary has remained alive to the high responsibility placed on it, said Kovind.
The President noted that the Supreme Court has initiated several innovative measures to reach out to people. But for a large section of people, justice is still beyond reach, he remarked.
Pointing out the issue of making justice accessible to all, Kovind said that one way out of the high cost is the provision of free legal aid. Remembering, veteran lawyer Ashoke Sen, he said that in the multiple roles Sen played in the field over a long career, his sole objective was the pursuit of justice, for one and all.
Kovind expressed hope that more and more law professionals will take inspiration from the example of Sen and distribute freely the fruits of their knowledge among the needy. He said that the task of making justice more accessible to all has to be a collective effort of all the stakeholders in the Bench and the Bar.
President Kovind said that the question of access is not limited to the cost factor alone, adding that language too has been a barrier for many, for a long time. He was happy to note that the Supreme Court has started making its judgments available in nine regional languages.
Kovind said that another hurdle in the way of justice is the delay and the resulting backlog, and clearing this bottleneck requires detailed deliberations and systemic efforts. Information and communication technology can bring about amazing results in this domain, said the President, noting that beginnings have been made to take help of technological innovations.
Kovind said that we should strive to spread awareness about the making of the Constitution, its provisions and its fundamental principle of equality. We need to especially narrate to the young generation the grand vision of our founding fathers, he urged.
The President said that, after all, we stand as a mere link between two generations in the continuing saga of this nation. Interpretation of the Constitution is a work in progress, and it will be up to the youth of the nation to carry forward the task of realizing its ideals, he ended.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering in Parliament earlier today and paid homage to the victims of the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, while Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in his address noted that the Indian democratic experience over the last 70 years has been fairly positive except for a dark patch during the Emergency.
President Kovind, also addressing the gathering in Parliament, said that Rights and Duties are two sides of the same coin. The President later launched the web portal of the National Youth Parliament Scheme.
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