Tuesday, July 7, 2020
NOIDA: The DME Law School as a part of the Law Webinar Series, today, organized a webinar on ‘The Spirit and Quintessence of Fundamental Duties.’ The session was delivered by Hon’ble Mr Justice Dipak Misra, the 45th Chief Justice of India in the presence of Hon’ble Mr Justice Bhanwar Singh, Director General DME, Noida; Prof. (Dr.) Ravikant Swami, Director, DME Noida, Dean and Head-Academics, DME Law School. It was attended by approximately 550 participants across the globe. A warm welcome address by given by Prof. (Dr.) Ravikant Swami, who highlighted all the notable judgments delivered by Misra J. including Article 377 and the Sabrimala verdict.
Misra J. began by stating the purpose of choosing this topic. He felt that the younger generation neglects in understanding the essence and purpose of the fundamental duties enshrined in the constitution and it was necessary to acquaint them to its spirit. According to him, we must eradicate the idea that fundamental duties did not exist before1976 before being introduced by the Parliament. The judiciary, long before, in 1969 had already stated that when one is enjoying fundamental rights there are always duties related to it, which are not spelt out but cannot be ignored.
He deliberated on each fundamental duty by highlighting how it was the duty of every citizen to protect their motherland. Why is it needed? By quoting Ramayana, he said, one is expected to love their county. One has to give back to the place he is born to.“We cannot remain alien from our motherland; we are required to serve the motherland as and when needed.”
Justice Misra Emphasized how important it is for a parent to educate their child. He said that the right to education is more than right. It is a reciprocatory agreement among the participants: the state and parents. The development of scientific temper and spirit of enquiry by education is very important. He stated that education makes one curious and when you are curious you make an enquiry and you become a better-informed citizen and a better-informed citizen is a good citizen. And this scientific temper was not devoid of spirituality.
He then addressed the importance of valuing and preserving the rich composite culture of India that he believes many have not understood. Our religions, language and heritage, are all a part of composite culture. They foster a sense of fraternity and brotherhood. For example, our composite culture tells us to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women, to not indulge in social violence and to always remember the sacrifice, the freedom fighters made in the struggle for independence.
Lastly, he hoped that fundamental duties would be rendered by everyone with the right attitude and gratitude. They should become an in-segregable part of every Indian and be practised as a way of life. The webinar concluded with a vote of thanks given by Dean, DME Law school, Noida.
It is pertinent to mention here that, in the recent past, Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida has organised a series of Webinars on the overall themes of law and social awareness amidst the COVID -19 pandemic. The objective of these webinars is to create awareness about legal issues and to acquaint the participants to a nuanced understanding to certain significant aspects of Law. It has had the proud privilege to host stalwarts of Indian legal fraternity such as Sh. Salman Khurshid and Sh. K.T.S. Tulsi, Members of Parliament and Senior Advocates, Supreme Court of India; Hon’ble judges from the Supreme Court, various High Courts and renowned social activists such as Ms Anjali Gopalan.