Rule of law a foundation of democratic India, says VP

RSTV Bureau

VP-Hamid-Ansari-1Calling the Constitutional and juridical framework in India as “impeccable”, Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari said the juridical system should be able to work impartially and free from all influences. Stressing the essence of an independent judicial system, the Vice President pitched for a need to improve the functioning of certain institution of the state.

“We adopted the Constitution of India as the fundamental law of the land to guide us in all matters of legislative, executive and judicial action…. The constitutional and juridical framework is thus impeccable,” VP Hamid Ansari said while addressing the Convocation of Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) in Raipur on Saturday.

He however questioned the extent to which these principles and procedures of rule of law have been followed in actual practice.

Opining that there is an unease with regard to the working of the rule of law, the Vice President called for a need to address and rectify the shortfalls that are “corroding” the edifice so diligently put in place by the Founding Fathers of our country.

“Our founding fathers resolved to make India a sovereign, democratic, republic with a view to secure to all its citizens Justice, Liberty and Equality and thereby achieve Fraternity that would assure the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation,” the VP said.

During his address, Vice President Hamid Ansari also urged the Parliamentarians to “devote” more time towards their legislative duties quoting a UN Research Institute for Social Development study, which claimed that the Parliament is increasingly becoming “ineffective” in assessing the executive branch of the government.

“It concluded that Parliament is increasingly becoming ineffective in providing surveillance of the executive branch of the government. One part of this is attributed to the behaviour pattern of the MPs and the wastage of time that could otherwise be devoted to legislative duties and scrutiny of executive action,” he said.

With regard to the executive, the Vice President opined that the balance between its political and professional components has been disturbed and was evident in the functioning of the civil service and particularly of the police.

“The requisite correctives are not forthcoming. As a result, ‘a hobbled legislative has ceded ground not to the executive or external forces, but to the judiciary’,” the Vice President added.

Pitching a course correction in case of any shortfall in the robust functioning of the institutions put in place by the “Founding Fathers of the Republic”, Vice President Ansari sought the implementation of Dr. Ambedkar’s “three-point corrective” of using constitutional methods of achieving social and economic objectives, not laying our liberties at the feet of even a great man and finally, making our political democracy a social democracy as well.

The event was attended by Chief Justice of India HL Dattu, Chhattisgarh CM Dr. Raman Singh and the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court, among others.

(With inputs from the PTI)