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Happy to live in a country that ‘honours me to be proud of my religious identity’: Chief Justice JS Khehar

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Justice JS Khehar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Chief Justice payed tribute to ‘unsung heroes’ of India’s freedom struggle in his maiden Independence speech

In his first and the last Independence Day speech as Chief Justice of India, Justice JS Khehar called upon the lawyers to pay their debt to the freedom fighters by serving the judiciary as an institution with the motto of “earn while we serve”.

In a major part of his 30-minute speech, Justice Khehar spoke of the power of Indian constitution which provides equal rights and opportunities to every citizen. He said that it is the Indian constitution that enabled a Dalit to become the president, an agriculturist to become the vice president and a tea vendor to hold the position of prime minister. He also reflected onto his own story, saying that he went on to become Chief Justice of India even when he was born as a citizen of Kenya.

The Chief Justice also emphasised that every Indian should be proud of his or her religion and ethnicity. Sharing his own story, Justice Khehar said that he was happy to be in a country that honours one to be proud of his or her religion.

“Everybody should be proud in his own religion to be an Indian”

On lawyers’ role before and after India’s freedom, Justice Khehar said that the lawyer community had played a major role in deciding the way India is to be governed as many lawyers were part of the constituent assembly which drafted the Indian constitution. Even thereafter, he said, lawyers have always remained in the forefront to ensure that India is being administered by the set principles of the constitution.

He also urged the lawyers to be honest with their litigants. “You can also discharge your debt to your litigants by being honest professionals. If there are common cases you can bring it to my notice and they can be disposed of with common orders. You might succeed or you might lose but u should not keep it back merely because you might lose.”

The Chief Justice commenced his speech by paying tributes to known and unknown freedom fighters who made great sacrifices for India’s freedom. Justice Khehar shared anecdotes of two such “largely unknown and unsung” freedom fighters, Abdullah and Sher Ali Afridi. He also recalled the sacrifices that his grandparents made during India’s freedom struggle.

“Here there are two people (Abdullah and Sher Ali Afridi) of the same community, one taking the life of acting chief justice and the another taking the life of governor general (both Britishers). Yet we dont know about them”

Ensuring full support to government’s digital inclusion program, the Chief Justice said that very soon all Supreme Court judgements with headnotes will be available for free on the website.

The Chief Justice concluded his speech by expressing gratitude to his colleagues and members of the bar association for supporting his initiative to work during the vacations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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PM Modi says Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram

PM Modi slammed Congress during a rally in Chhattisgarh, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party for declining to attend the pran pratishtha ritual at the Ayodhya Ram temple on January 22 this year.

The prime minister said Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram and denied invitation for Pran Pratishtha at Ram Temple, while speaking at a rally in Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh. The PM question the people present at the rally that is it not a disrespect of Mata Shabri? Congress leaders inclination toward appeasement politics runs in their family.

For political appeasement, they won’t think twice about stealing the rights of Adivasis, the poor, and Dalits. Poor, young, and women are BJP’s top priorities, Modi said.

PM Modi criticized the Congress again during the rally for claiming that the BJP would alter the constitution.

The leaders of Congress recite the same old phrases whenever an election is about to happen, the PM said. He also said they claim that if the BJP wins power, it will renounce the constitution and abolish reservations. For how long will you continue selling lies?” he asked.

The prime minister continued saying that nobody can change the Constitution, even if Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar were to come and insist on it, it wouldn’t happen.

Those in the Congress threaten to break Modi’s head. Nobody can harm Modi as long as the mothers and sisters of this county stands by him. These mothers and sisters are Raksha Kavach, Modi remarked.

The prime minister further attacked the Congress after Viriato Fernandes, the party’s candidate for South Goa, asserted that Goa was forced to adopt the Indian Constitution.

Referring to his conversation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Fernandes said he had told him, when Goa was liberated in the year 1961, the Indian Constitution was forced upon us.

The prime minister said, Congress candidate from Goa says Constitution was forced upon Goans; is this not an insult of Ambedkar and Constitution.

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Amit Shah says neither Congress nor Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with CAA

Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal.

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Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said neither Congress nor Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He was speaking at the Karandighi rally in West Bengal where he also made the prediction as to how many seats BJP will win in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

The union home minister asked the masses to cut the money culture. Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections the BJP had won 18 out of 42 seats in West Bengal. He asked Mamata Banerjee, what problem will she have if the Buddhist and Hindu refugees from Bangladesh get citizenship in India?

Shah further added if the people of West Bengal want to stop infiltration in the state, then they will have to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India again. He said if the people of West Bengal want to free Bengal of violence, stop infiltration in the state, give citizenship to refugees, to stop disrespecting mothers and sisters of the state as it happened in Sandeshkhali, then  only way is to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

Amit Shah said that PM Modi had sent Rs 7 lakh crore to West Bengal but the TMC indulged in corruption. He said one can see the houses of Trinamool Congress leaders; 10 years ago they used to live in a hut, moved on cycle and now all of them have 4-storey houses and move around in big cars. He added this is the money of people of West Bengal.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), will make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship, was enacted in 2019. But the rules were notified in March this year by the Centre.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says listening to Hanuman Chalisa under Congress rule is a crime

PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at the Congress and said even listening to Hanuman Chalisa has become a crime under the party’s rule. The Prime Minister also said it was difficult to follow one’s faith under the party and accused it of hatching a deep conspiracy to snatch people’s wealth and distribute it among selected few people in the society. PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

PM Modi said in a state like Rajasthan where people chant Ram-Ram, Congress banned Ram Navami. He reffered to the redistribution of wealth remarks he had made during a rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara on Sunday and said it has angered the Congress and INDI Alliance so much that they have started throwing abuses at Modi everywhere.

The Prime Minister said that Congress has written in their manifesto that they will survey the wealth. He said the Congress leadership had said in a speech that an X-ray of wealth will be done. He added when Modi exposed the secret then the hidden agenda came out and this has left the people trembling. PM Modi further added that the Congress party has played with the Constitution of the India.

He said when the Constitution was drafted, reservations based on religion were opposed, so that Scheduled Casts (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) could get protection. He said former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had said that Muslims have the first right to the country’s resources.  The prime minister further added Congress’s ideology has always been of appeasement and vote bank politics. He said stones would still be pelted in Jammu and Kashmir, and enemies would still be cutting off the heads of India’s soldiers had Congress been in power.

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