New Delhi: On Saturday, 26th of November, 2022, DY Chandrachud, Chief Justice of India, stated that they must continue to be accepting of one another in order to promote unity in diversity. He made this comment at the Supreme Court’s Valedictory event for the Constitution Day Celebration.
What Did CJI Chandrachud Had To Say?
CJI D.Y. Chandrachud said that the concept of “unity in diversity” can only be sustained when the citizens of our country are able to accommodate and understand one another and jointly apply ideals that appear to be at odds.
According to Justice Chandrachud, who cited Granville Austin as a leading expert on the Indian Constitution, accommodation is distinct from compromising because the latter entails concessions.
The Constitution takes into account the cultural, societal, and religious components as it works toward the objective of a democratic society rather than forcing its people to pick between their rights and their heritage. He said with optimism that our Constitution’s strength lies in its capacity to take into account the diverse range of human encounters that exist in India, whether they be cultural, societal, religious, or something else, while still laying out a roadmap for tomorrow.
Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, further added that similar to the Constitution, Indian society has shown a remarkable capacity for accommodating disparate concerns that appear to be at odds with one another. And he feels that we all must keep doing that to promote unity in Diversity even more.
The Constitution Of India Is Distinctively Indian
Chief Justice Chandrachud, in his speech, discussed how the Indian Constitution is distinctively Indian. He said that it’s entirely unique despite being significantly influenced by and based on other constitutional papers and conventions from throughout the world.
He further added that it’s because before changing and adding certain articles to our Constitution, the creators carefully assessed whether they were appropriate for the Indian environment and polity.
Justice Chandrachud noted that such a distinguishing quality might also be seen in the way our constitution practically functions. He then recalled that the only trace of colonialism he noticed was during a hearing when he was the Chief Justice of Allahabad High court.
It happened, CJI Chandrachud recalled, when the attorney began the brief with “My Lord.” What came next, he said, was a truly Indian style of advocating, mostly in Hindi with some English and Latin phrases thrown in.
Our Constitution Is “Doubly Unique”: CJI Chandrachud
The Chief Justice further emphasized how the Indian Constitution was “doubly unique”. He felt that our constitution is one of the several post-colonial constitutions that were written totally by the populace and that had survived for almost 70 years.
He also added that it has not only survived but also thrived and grown. The Constitution of India, he feels, has endured the strains of a few trying periods. And the Constitution’s continued success is evidence that the people preferred the rule of law to use force to bring about a socialist revolution.
How Has India Established A Strong Constitution Heritage?
In his remarks on constitutionalism and the constitutional environment, the CJI noted that while India has unquestionably established a strong constitutional heritage, this does not imply that there is no further progress to be made.
He emphasized that, like the law, which is upheld daily, constitutional ideals must also be upheld constantly. He said that constitutional ideals are consistently applied, and they change as society does.
CJI Chandrachud said that by upholding the democratic ideas of equality, liberty, and fraternity in their interactions with one another, Indians must give the Constitution life. He further noted that it was the responsibility of the legislature, the executive branch, and the courts to uphold the practice of liberty, equality, and fraternity by emphasizing these ideals in their rulings.
It was after all this that the Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, during his speech, claimed that we could promote unity in diversity only if we accommodate our differences.