While delivering his speech at the farewell function of the Constitution Day celebrations in New Delhi on Saturday, Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister for Law and Justice said that India can only become a great country if we create a balance between basic rights and basic duties.
“At this Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav event, when we take an oath that we will make our country a great country. And that can only happen if we create a balance between fundamental duties and fundamental rights,” said the Minister of Justice.
He said that although he does not want to create a debate between Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties, on this occasion it was necessary to assess how far we have progressed as a nation.
The Minister of Justice said that he came from a very modest background in a village and could only connect his village to the main road after he became a deputy.
Adding that coming from a very remote part of the country, he has never heard of basic rights since he always grew up with the concept of basic duties, he said,
“If you see a soldier standing on the remote border or somewhere in the isolated territory of the country, he will not think of his basic rights but he will always think of his basic duties.”
Reiterating that he never wanted to create a debate between fundamental rights and fundamental duties, the Minister of Justice said that a person only begins to know his fundamental rights after moving from villages to cities.
“As I move from village to town, I start to learn about fundamental rights. As I said, I don’t want to create a debate between fundamental rights and fundamental duties, but something about which we should think about. The more a person progresses and walks towards cities, he thinks about his rights and gets to know them. I have seen that people, while upholding their rights, forget the rights of others and at the same time forget their duties “, said the Minister of Justice.
The Minister also said that a bill passed by Parliament is the law of the land, like a judgment rendered by the Supreme Court. However, if there is a situation where a bill passed by Parliament cannot be implemented, that is a matter of concern. The implementation of laws is blocked by saying that they hinder rights. While the minister did not specifically refer to the farm bill agitation, his comments are relevant in the context of the government’s decision to repeal the farm bills after a year of farmer protests.
“We all know that whatever the Supreme Court decides and whatever bill Parliament passes, they become the law of the land. If there is a situation where, regardless of the passage of a law by the Assembly, there is a difficulty in its implementation, then we must all think together Whether it is the legislative, judicial or executive power or any other organ of the community, we “We have to think. It’s because we and our country are guided by the Constitution. 75 years are about to end and how the constitution has moved the country forward, we have to think about that too,” said the minister.
“When as an MP I take part in discussions in Parliament, I always believe that I am speaking on behalf of my constituency which elected me. passed by Parliament on the grounds that it violates someone else’s rights … this is a matter to be debated and discussed in depth”.
The Minister of Justice also urged the dignitaries present at the event to look back and reflect on how far we have come in these 75 years of independence and where do we plan to go when our country celebrates 100 years of independence . He also said that we must also reflect on whether our actions have harmed the Constitution.
“I think today, in the presence of the president, we celebrate the closing ceremony of Constitution Day and after that, when we come back, we should come back thinking that in these 75 years of independence, how far have we come and when we celebrate 100 years, where will we go. We also have to ask ourselves if, because of us, the Constitution has been harmed?”
Concluding his speech, the Minister of Justice said that the Constitution of our country is the best and most beautiful Constitution in the world and that to reinforce the sanctity of this holy book, we must all step forward and do Something.
“I said yesterday also that our Constitution is the best and most beautiful constitution in the world and to reinforce the sanctity of this holy book, we must all step forward and do something. We must ensure that we let us follow the Constitution of India in its letter and If we carry this message, we will ensure that this message is carried to the different parts of this world”, said the Minister of Justice.