Create an equal, free society: Justice Gogoi

What we wear, eat, say, read and think are no longer “small and insignificant” questions about our personal lives. They have become issues which “cut and divide us.” They make us hate and despise those who are different, Chief Justice of India-designate Justice Ranjan Gogoi said on Monday in the Supreme Court. He was speaking at the farewell function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for the retiring Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Justice Gogoi, who will take over on October 3 as India’s 46th Chief Justice of India and the first top judge from Assam, argued for the creation of a community that is unified in the values of equality, liberty and dignity enshrined in the Constitution. “Belonging to this community does not mean we give up who we are, our personal beliefs and tastes. Instead, it means that we constantly evaluate these beliefs on the touchstone of constitutional morality.” Wherever there is doubt and conflict, we must allow constitutional morality to prevail. This is the true patriotism to the Constitution,” Justice Gogoi said. If the nation does not endeavour to realise the vision of the Constitution, “we we will continue to hate, despise and kill each other”.

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