On the occasion of the inauguration of the International Judicial Conference (IJC), Supreme Court Judge Justice Arun Mishra on Saturday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi profusely. He described the prime minister as an internationally acclaimed visionary and versatile person who thinks globally and works locally.
Praising the prime minister as well as Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for ending 1,500 odd obsolete laws, Justice Mishra said India was a responsible and friendly member of the international community under Modi’s leadership. In a memorandum of thanks at the inauguration session named “Judiciary and the Changing World” at the International Judicial Conference 2020 in the Supreme Court, Justices Mishra said that the challenges facing the judiciary at the national and international levels were common and that the judiciary has “a significant role in the changing world”.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, the prime minister had said how 1.3 billion Indians had “wholeheartedly” accepted “some critical judgments”. These judgments, he said, were the subject of discussion globally. In an apparent reference to the Ayodhya land title verdict, Prime Minister Modi said the apprehensions about the consequences of these judgments had been laid to rest.
Justice Mishra, who is third in seniority among the Supreme Court judges, thanked the prime minister for inaugurating the conference and said, “Dignified human existence is our prime concern. We thank the versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally, Sri Narendra Modi, for his inspiring speech which would act as a catalyst in initiating the deliberations and setting the agenda for the conference.”
The judge said that India was the largest democracy in the world and people wondered how this democracy was working so successfully. “India is a responsible and most friendly member of the international community under the stewardship of internationally acclaimed visionary Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,” he added. “India is committed to constitutional obligations and dedicated to a peaceful and secure world, free from terrorism. In the process of development, preservation of environment is considered supreme,” he said.
Emphasising the need to strengthen the justice system, the judge said we were in the 21st century, looking for infrastructure not only for the present but also for the future. Strengthening the judicial system is the call of the day because it is the backbone of democracy, while the legislature is the heart and the executive brain, he said. These three organs of the state will have to work independently but together to make democracy successful, the judge opined.
Referring to globalisation, the judge said that there was growing concern among the people of being deprived of the benefits of globalisation.
The judge said that the feeling of injustice and inequality was building on us by a single loom. “All of us have to take equal care before it becomes fatal like the coronavirus,” he said.
The judge referred also to the contribution of an independent and strong bar and said that one could not deny the fact that the bar was the mother of the judiciary. Judges from over 20 countries are attending the conference here.