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Meet of Indian Lawyers' Congress begins

‘Two most important pillars of the Constitution are federalism and secularism'

Education sector should not be allowed to become a private enterprise: Krishna Iyer

Kochi: A two-day State conference of the Indian Lawyers' Congress (ILC) and a year-long diamond jubilee of the Constitution were inaugurated by Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi on Saturday.

Inaugurating the function, Mr. Singhvi said the Constitution was the soul of the nation. It was bigger than any other institution such as the Supreme Court and “holier than the Gita or the Bible”.

It had been interpreted by the judiciary which had expanded it well beyond the boundaries set by its founding fathers. The Constitution had struck a right balance between the individual rights and social good.

The two most important pillars of the Constitution were federalism and secularism.

Secularism was based on “all inclusive respect” of all religions. It was an innovative concept. The operational federation also had bound the nation together, he added.

KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said impartiality in appointment of judges by the Supreme Court collegium had now been questioned. A solution should be found in this regard.

He added that the functioning of political parties should change in accordance with the wind of changes blowing across the nation.

Speaking at a human rights meet organised in connection with the function, former Supreme Court judge V.R. Krishna Iyer said that human rights were more violated in the education sector. Treating education sector as an industry was a national shame.

The education sector should not be allowed to become a private enterprise. Higher education was becoming costly. He pointed out that even as the people were starving, crores of rupees was spent on cricket. He said that appointing more judges did not solve the backlog of cases. “More judges mean more arrears,” he said.

He was of the view that the present method of appointment by the Supreme Court collegium was a “total disaster”.

T. Asafali, president, Indian Lawyers' Congress, presided. Union Minister of State for Agriculture K.V. Thomas and others spoke.