Think India Summit 2012

Brief Report

THINK INDIA SUMMIT

‘Law: Fulcrum of Change?’

6 & 7 October, 2012 | NITTTR, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

A number of key personalities from Judiciary, Academics, Senior Advocates and Social Activist were at the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Bhopal for Think India Summit, 2012 on 6 & 7 October, 2012, organised by Think India. The broad theme for the summit was: “Law: Fulcrum of Change?” The summit was inaugurated by Justice D M Dharmadhikari, Former Supreme Court Judge while Padmashree Prof N R Madhava Menon, Founding Director, National Law School of India University, presided over the Inauguration Ceremony. Other personalities present at the Inauguration were Shri PP Tiwari, President, Reception Committee, Shri Purushaindra Kaurav, General Secretary, Reception Committee, Shri Ashish Chauhan, Convener, Think India, Shri Lokenath Chatterjee, President, Think India Summit and Shri Adhitya Srinivasan, Convener, Think India Summit.

Students, Alumni, Researchers & Teachers from over 40 different institutes including 12 NLUs and other premier institutes including IISc, KIIT, Faculty of Law DU, JMI, Symbiosis, Amity, IIMC,  XIMB, IISER and MANIT participated in this two-day national summit.

During the two-day summit Justice Rama Jois, former MP (Rajya Sabha), former Governor (Bihar & Jharkhand) and former Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, Justice V K Agarwal, former Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice R D Shukla, former Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Prof R Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU, Shri Sunil Ambekar, National Organizing Secretary, ABVP, Shri Rabi Ranjan Sen, National Vice President, ABVP, Shri Vishnu Dutt Sharma, National Co-Convener, Youth Against Corruption, Prof M Sridhar Acharyulu, Ex-Registrar & Senior Faculty, NALSAR, Dr. Raka Arya, Faculty, NLIU, Bhopal, Shri Yogesh Pai, Faculty, NLU, Jodhpur, Dr Nandita Pathak, Social Activist, Shri Alok Pratap Singh, Social Activist, Shri Vikramjit Banerjee, Advocate Supreme Court, Dr Mona Purohit, HOD Law, Baraktulla University addressed the gathering of delegates.

Day 1 (6th October, 2012) had three thematic sessions. Session 1 titled, “JUDICIAL REFORMS” was addressed by Prof. R. Venkata Rao and chaired by Shri Yogesh Pai. Session 2 titled, “VISION FOR LEGAL EDUCATION IN INDIA” was addressed by Padmashree Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon and was chaired by Dr. K. Parmeswaran. Session 3 titled, “CRUSADER OF JUSTICE – AN INTERACTION” showcased two social crusaders, Dr. Nandita Pathak and Shri Alok Pratap Singh. This interaction was moderated by Dr. Mona Purohit.

Day 2 (7th October, 2012) also consisted of three thematic sessions. Session 4 titled, “UNDERSTANDING INDIA” addressed by Shri Sunil Ambekar and was chaired by Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu. Session 5 titled, “IDEA OF JUSTICE” was addressed by Hon. Justice Rama Jois and was chaired by Dr. Raka Arya. Session 6 titled, “SYSTEMIC REFORMS – A DISCUSSION” was addressed by Hon. Justice V.K. Agarwal and Shri V.D. Sharma and was moderated by Shri Vikramjit Banarjee.

The Valedictory Session of the Think India Summit, 2012 was held at 4:30 pm on 7th October, 2012 at NITTTR, Bhopal. The Chief Guest at the Valedictory Session was Hon. Justice R.D. Shukla. Shri Sunil Ambekar presented the valedictory remarks at the session while Shri Nagaraj Reddy, Think India In-charge was the Special Representative at the Valedictory Session. Shri Ashish Chauhan, Shri Yogendran Balakrishnan, Shri Lokenath Chatterjee, Shri Adhitya Srinivasan and Shri Vishesh Bansal accompanied guest on dais during valedictory ceremony of the Think India Summit.

The Think India team took steps to ensure participation of the delegates throughout the duration of the summit. A Paper Presentation event was organized to facilitate research and documentation by the delegates on three topics viz. Special Status to J&K under Article 370, The Recent Anti-Corruption Movement and Using Policy Instruments as Vote-Bank Mechanisms. Moreover, debate and essay competitions were also organized for the delegates. 

Day 1 (6th October, 2012)

INAUGURATION

Justice D M Dharmadhikari, Former Supreme Court Judge inaugurated and Padmashree Prof N R Madhava Menon, Founding Director, National Law School of India University, presided over the Inauguration Ceremony accompanied by Shri PP Tiwari, President Reception Committee, Shri Purushaindra Kaurav, General Secretary Reception Committee, Shri Ashish Chauhan, Convener Think India, Shri Lokenath Chatterjee, President Think India Summit and Shri Adhitya Srinivasan, Convener, Think India Summit at 10:30 AM at the NITTTR Auditorium, Shymala Hills, Bhopal.

Justice D M Dharmadhikari spoke of identifying the national character of India and emphasized the importance of Sanskars. He mentioned that strictness of laws will wane away the faith from judicial system, and asked for reviving faith in the judicial system by quoting the anecdote of people seeking justice from Pramukh-Swami of Dharmashtala in Karnataka.

Prof Madhava Menon explained how law is an integral part of any society and asserted that law certainly can be a fulcrum of change. He lashed out at Maoists and Naxalites for not accepting the constitution, which he referred to as a social and political document of the nation. While describing Bharat i.e. India he affirmed that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are part of one nation.

Shri Rabi Ranjan Sen gave a brief introduction about the ABVP and explained the constructive work done by the ABVP for the benefit of the nation. He further invited students to contribute to society by participating in student movements.

Shri PP Tiwari welcomed everyone for the summit. Shri Ashish Chauhan gave an introduction to Think India and also introduced the organizers of the summit while Shri Pushpaindra Kaurav proposed the vote of thanks. 

Session 1: JUDICIAL REFORMS

Session 1 on the 6th of October, titled, “JUDICIAL REFORMS” was addressed by Prof. R. Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NLSIU and was moderated by Shri Yogesh Pai, Faculty Member, NLU Jodhpur. Prof. Rao spoke on reforms which address current challenges with a futuristic approach. He also dwelled on the need for sunset laws which would have a date of termination, after which deliberations should be made on its continuity and decisions taken accordingly. He referred to Subroto Bagchi’s “The Professional” while speaking of the need for professionalism in judicial practice.

Session 2: VISION FOR LEGAL EDUCATION IN INDIA

Session 2 titled, “VISION FOR LEGAL EDUCATION IN INDIA” was addressed by Padmashri Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon and chaired by Dr. K. Parmeswaran. Prof Menon spoke on how legal system should cater to the needs of common people while also stressing that our legal and judicial system has failed to deliver what was promised in the constitution. He also emphasized the need for high end research in law schools and articulated the requirement for “third generation” reforms in legal education which focuses on the establishment of advanced centres for research and training in law.

Session 3: CRUSADER OF JUSTICE – AN INTERACTION

Session 3 titled, “CRUSADER OF JUSTICE – AN INTERACTION” was addressed by Dr. Nandita Pathak who spoke about Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) Chitrakoots’s initiative of ‘Dispute Free Villages’ where hundreds of villages settle their disputes and not even a single case is pending in courts from these villages. Shri Alok Pratap Singh spoke on the journey of Bhopal Gas Victims’ fight for justice from the fateful night of December 2, 1984 to present day. This session was moderated by Dr Mona Purohit.

Session: COMPETITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

The Think India team took steps to ensure participation of the delegates throughout the duration of the summit. A Paper Presentation event was organized to facilitate research and documentation by the delegates on three themes including Special Status to J&K under Article 370, The Recent Anti-Corruption Movement and Using Policy Instruments as Vote-Bank Mechanisms. Moreover, debate and essay competitions were also organized for the delegates. A number of delegates participated in the Paper Presentation event. Three different panels of adjudicators were set up for the paper presentations. Meanwhile, the debate and essay competitions also witnessed handsome participation.

Special Event: BHARAT BHARTI – A PLAY

A special attraction post dinner was the captivating performance by theatre artists on the works of Poet-of-the-Nation Maithilisharan Gupt. The theatre performance which was held at the open-air theatre on the NITTTR campus, depicted the evolution of India through its past, present and future. 

Day 2 (7th October, 2012)

Session 4: IDEA OF JUSTICE

Session 4 titled, “IDEA OF JUSTICE” was addressed by Hon. Justice Rama Jois and was chaired by Dr. Raka Arya. Justice Rama Jois spoke on Dharma being eternal law guiding our acts from time immemorial. He particularly mentioned that it should not under any circumstances be confused with religion which merely symbolizes the practice of worshiping one’s god. He quoted numerous verses from the Mahabharata, the Upanishads and the Bhagwat Gita to correlate his views. He articulated his view by referring to the Supreme Court’s emblem as well as the hymns inscribed in Parliament. 

Session 5: UNDERSTANDING INDIA

Session 5 titled, “UNDERSTANDING INDIA” was addressed by Shri Sunil Ambekar and was chaired by Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu. Shri Sunil Ambekar emphasized on India’s historical traditions which in the light of 21st century science still hold their ground. Shri Ambekar explained that various disciplines such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Sanskrit as a language and a system of learning and our family values remain extremely relevant to this day.

Session 6: SYSTEMIC REFORMS – A DISCUSSION

Session 6 titled, “SYSTEMIC REFORMS – A DISCUSSION” was addressed by Hon. Justice V.K. Agarwal and Shri V.D. Sharma and was moderated by Shri Vikramjit Banarjee. Justice Agarwal spoke on need to have reforms in administration and to provide benefits of growth to people on the margins though he advised a cautious approach on issues such as ‘Right to Recall’ and ‘Right to Reject’. He recommended that a national debate must be conducted to settle these issues. Shri VD Sharma spoke on the corruption laden polity and presented the brief works of YAC (Youth Against Corruption). This session gave participants a chance to share their views and also an opportunity to ask questions.

VALEDICTORY SESSION

The Valedictory Session of the Think India Summit, 2012 was held on 7th October, 2012 at NITTTR, Bhopal, where Hon. Justice R.D. Shukla, was the Chief Guest. Shri Sunil Ambekar presented the Valedictory remarks while Shri Nagaraj Reddy was the Special Representative for the Valedictory Session. Shri Ashish Chauhan, Shri Yogendran Balakrishnan, Shri Lokenath Chatterjee, Shri Adhitya Srinivasan and Shri Vishesh Bansal accompanied the guests on the dais during the valedictory ceremony of the Think India Summit.

Participants in the Paper Presentation were awarded with certificates of ‘critically acclaimed paper’ and first, second and third prizes were given for the Essay writing competition and the Debate competitions by Chief Guest Justice R D Shukla and Shri Sunil Ambekar.