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“To understand the law, its functioning and effect, it is necessary to be socially conscious,” Justice NV Ramana at DSNLU Convocation Address

Justice NV Ramana, the Supreme Court Judge and Executive Chairman of the NALSA, today while addressing students of the Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University during its 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Convocation Ceremony said, “The great Justice Holmes, a former US Supreme Court Justice, once stated that “the life of Law is not logic, but experience”. This seemingly simple statement imbibes the idea that to understand the law, it’s functioning, and effect, it is necessary to be socially conscious.”

“A theoretical understanding of the law is an incomplete understanding of it, as any new graduate who enters the profession, understands soon after starting their practice. It is this divide, between theory and practice that the best type of Legal Education attempts to bridge,”

Justice Ramana added.

While referring to the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Justice Ramana said, “I quote “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. I can assure the young graduates that if you adopt this approach, sky is no more the limit.”

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Justice Ramana further said that the current education system is not equipped to build the character of our students to develop a social consciousness and responsibility. Students are often caught in the “ratrace”. “All of us should therefore make a collective effort to revamp the educational system to ensure that students can have the right outlook to their career and life outside,” Justice Ramana added.

Concluding his Convocation Address, Justice Ramana quoted poet Khalil Gibran, “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy,” while stating that “You are the stewards of this nation and custodians of a very rich tradition. I hope that you contribute in giving back something to this society, to this great nation which has bestowed you with so many privileges.”

-India Legal Bureau

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