Justice DM Dharmadhikari
HO’S who of national law universities were at the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR) in Bhopal for ABVP Think India Summit-2012 from October 6 to 7. Justice D M Dharmadhikari, former Supreme Court judge, inaugurated the Summit and Padmashri Prof N R Madhav Menon, founding director of National Law School, presided over the inaugural ceremony.
Justice Dharmadhikari stressed the need to identify the national character of India and emphasised on imparting Indian sanskars. He said the strictness of laws would wane away the faith from judicial system, and asked for reviving faith on judicial system by quoting example of Dharmashtala in Karnataka during his visit there.
Prof Menon emphasised on law being integral part of any society and said it certainly can be fulcrum of change. He lashed out at Maoists and naxalites for not believing in the Constitution, which he referred as social, political document of the nation. He also said that the legal system should cater to the needs of common people, for which the legal and judicial system have failed to deliver what was promised in the Constitution. He emphasised the need of high end research in law schools and elaborated on 3rd generation reforms in the legal education.
Prof R Venkata Rao, Vice Chancellor of NLSIU spoke on reforms with a futuristic approach. Dr Nandita Pathak of DRI spoke about Chitrakoots’s initiative of ‘dispute-free village.
In his speech on October 7, Justice M Rama Jois spoke on dharma being eternal law guiding our acts since time immemorial. He mentioned that it should not be confused with religion, which merely symblises practice of worshiping the god. He quoted numerous verses from the Mahabharata, the Upanishads and the Bhgawat Gita to correlate his views. He referred that Supreme Court emblem and hymens inscribed in the Parliament building thunder the same argument.
ABVP organising secretary Shri Sunil Ambekar emphasised on India’s historical tradition, which in the light of 21st century science still hold the ground, whether Ayurveda, Yoga, Sanskrit as a language, our family system; which he mentioned are relevant today. Justice VK Agarwal spoke on the need to have reforms in administration to provide benefits of growth to people at the margins. Shri VD Sharma spoke on the corruption ridden polity and presented the brief of works of Youth Against Corruption.
Students, alumni, researcher and teachers from over 40 different institutes including 12 NLUs, faculties of various premier law institutes like Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Symbiosis, Amity, etc. students with keen interest in law from non-law institutes like IIMC, XIMB, IISER, MANIT also participated in the summit.