Lecture on "Indian Constitution "
DELHI, January 9:
Constitution of India is one of the greatest constitutions of the world as it
embodies all the features of the International Bill of Rights, former solicitor
general of India Harish Salve observed here last evening at the India
a lecture on “The International Bill of Rights and the Indian Constitution”,
Mr. Salve said a distinguished feature of the Constitution was that it ensured
the rule of law and made it incumbent on the Supreme Court to guard the
Fundamental Rights of citizens.
a mention of the rights of minorities, children, prisoners and environment, he
remarked the Constitution covered all of these. He said the Constitution had
made it mandatory for the state to encourage equal and uninterrupted development
of all sections of the citizenry. He expressed concern over political corruption
as it could subvert the best of constitutional ideals.
A.S. Quraishi, formerly of the Gujarat High Court, presided over the programme.
He held that citizens’ Fundamental Rights were being easily encroached upon
despite constitutional safeguards. He emphasised upholding the spirit of the
Constitution. He lamented the judiciary’s prejudices and cited the example of
TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities [Prevention] Act), which was used
against a particular community on petty pretexts. The judiciary, he observed
failed to take note of this.
The event was the third in a series of lectures on Indian Constitution organised by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), a New Delhi-based NGO.