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Constitution Day message from Justice Amarnath Goud

HYDERABAD, Nov 27 (BNC Network) - Telangana High Court Judge, Justice T Amarnath Goud asserted that it is a matter of satisfaction that the Constitution of India has stood the test of time. The Indian constitution is not a static, but a dynamic and living process, Justice Goud said speaking as chief guest in the webinar conducted by Social Cause, a Hyderabad-based think-tank on Celebrating Constitutionalism- The Indian Experience”, to mark the Constitution Day.

He said the constitutional traditions which are established over a period of time and the interpretations of various provisions of the constitution by High Courts and Supreme Court form part of the constitutional law.

The Judge asserted that the constitutional ideals must not be confined to books, but they must be lived in everyday social and political life. He asked everyone to always remember the warning of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar who said, “However good a Constitution may be, if those who are implementing it are not good, it will prove to be bad”.

Just as the State must remember directive principles of state policy laid down under the constitution, he said that citizens must also remember that they have not just fundamental rights, but also fundamental duties. Ordinary citizens must always be conscious of their fundamental duties under the constitution and be dutiful in discharging them to the best of their abilities, he added.

Presiding over the webinar, Prof G B Reddy of Osmania University, said it is the fundamental duty of all abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions.

Senior advocate L Ravichander pointed out that violence is the antitheses of the constitutionalism and the constitution. He asserted that liberty to all should be non-negotiable and right to strike is a part of fundamental spirit of the constitution.

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