Chief Justice of India Justice N. V. Ramana on Sunday said the courts have played an important role in ensuring that the rights enrished in the Constitution are not a dead letter. CJI Ramana said this while delivering his lecture on the 5th Late Shri Lavu Venkateswarlu Endowment Lecture at Siddhartha Law College, Vijayawada.
CJI Ramana said even after 75 years of independence and 72 years of abiding by democracy, India is one of the youngest, but also one of the most steadfast democratic republics. He said that distancing independent India from its colonial past was not an easy feat and after Independence, our country’s biggest challenge was modernization and shifting gears from primarily an agricultural economy to an industrial one.
Justice Ramana on the Constitutional rights said that the courts have played an important role in safeguarding the Constitutional rights He also discussed the growth of the Indian Judiciary and said it has confronted many challenges over this 72-year period. He said that the Judiciary has reinforced the idea that justice demands to balance the needs of an individual with the welfare of the community. And because of these reasons today, we are thriving as the largest democracy governed by a written Constitution.
CJI Ramana paid his respects to the late Sri Lavu Venkateswarlu and said that he was an entrepreneur with social consciousness. He said that Sri Venkateswarlu was known for encouraging the youth to follow the path of righteousness and was a strong proponent of the belief that a good education to the youth will secure the future of the nation.
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