NEW DELHI: President Pratibha Patil on Thursday called upon the people to rededicate themselves to constitutional ideals and work for building a strong and prosperous nation. The Constitution was the touchstone of our governance, she said.
Ms. Patil was speaking after receiving a book on the ‘Constitution of India,’ authored by All-India Bar Association chairman Adish C. Aggarwala, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Chief Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan said: “The text of the Constitution does not exist in a vacuum. It is in the hands of dynamic public institutions which understand and respond to the changing concerns of society that the constitutional discourse comes to reflect the preferences and aspirations of the people. In such a scenario, the higher judiciary’s power to examine and modify legislative provisions is an important part of its role in protecting the fundamental rights as well as the scheme of Centre-State relations.”
Justice Balakrishnan, who has also written the foreword to the book, said: “Over the last three decades or so, the expansion of the idea of ‘judicial review’ has raised the popular profile of the judiciary in India. Courts have granted creative remedies under their writ jurisdiction to not only recognise socio-economic rights but also monitor the implementation of measures for securing the same.” Mr. Aggarwala said, “The Constitution of India has been adopted from the experiences of other democratic nations. The provisions were suitably modified to adapt to Indian conditions and they have stood the test of time. But simply having a written Constitution is not enough. We must have constitutionalism and for this we as jurists share special responsibility.”
The function was attended by Justices Tarun Chatterjee, V.S. Sirpurkar and P. Sathasivam of the Supreme Court; judges of Delhi High Court, International Council of Jurists Director S. Prabhakaran, members of Parliament, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of various countries.