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Chief Justice stresses on fundamental duties

Shimla,The success and failure of a nation depends on the depth of civic sense and regard towards fundamental duties of its citizens.These were the views expressed by Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Kurian Joseph at a seminar – Public Colloquium on Fundamental Duties – organised by the HP State Legal Services Authority in association with Shimla Chapter of the Public Relations Society of India and SEWA Trust here today.

Justice Joseph said every citizen should understand that fundamental rights were given to them at the cost of some fundamental duties and hence they should abide by them.

He said true secularism was to ensure non-discrimination on the grounds of religion and not just to extend support to another religion. He said awareness of law and duty towards the nation was essential for the progress of the country. He said originally when the Constitution was framed, there was no enumeration of fundamental duties that were incorporated in 1976 by inserting Article 51-A.

He said that similar public colloquiums would be held on each third Saturday of every month to educate the people regarding fundamental duties in educational institutions.

Justice RB Misra, chairman, HP Legal Service Authority, dwelt in length on the ideals of Constitution.

BD Sharma, director Public Relation, and chairman, HP Chapter of Public Relation Society; Meenakashi Faith Paul, lecturer, HPU; Prof Vepa Rao, patron-in-chief, SEWA Trust; and Rakesh Kanwar, President, SEWA Trust also spoke on the occasion. An interactive session saw students evincing keen interest on the issue of fundamental rights.

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