CJI Ramana stresses importance of democracy

New York [US], June 24 (ANI): Chief Justice of India Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana on Friday said that it is essential that people, particularly the students and youth, realise the importance of democracy. While speaking at the Columbia University in New York, he said, "The 75-year long journey of my country so far is a testimony to the power of democracy.

It is essential that people, particularly the students and youth, realise the importance of democracy." "It is only through your active participation that democracy can be sustained and strengthened. Only a truly democratic order can be the foundation for lasting peace in the world," he added.

"Long years ago, B. R. Ambedkar walked through the corridors of this great seat of learning. Today, I had the honour of walking in his footsteps. It is an emotional moment for me. I do not have a privileged background," he said.

"I am the son of an ordinary farmer. I am the first in the family to get a university education. Today, I am standing here as the Chief Justice of India. Such a possibility arose because of the most progressive and futuristic Constitution of India that was drafted under the leadership of B R Ambedkar. I, and millions more like me, will forever remain indebted to the visionary," he stated.

"When the transformational journey of the young republic of India is recorded in history books, a credit will be given to the Constitution of India and the people's faith in it. It is my honour to be standing here today, in this institution, which has produced many world leaders, including Ambedkar. He was one of the founders of modern India. His life has inspired generations of Indians to believe in their own worth and identity," he further said.

Ramana visited Columbia University in New York and paid rich tributes to one of its distinguished alumni B R Ambedkar. Justice Ramana was received at Columbia Law School by Adam Kolker, Dean and Executive Director of the Office of International and Comparative Law Programs. Justice Ramana paid floral tributes at B. R. Ambedkar's bust is situated in the Library Building of the University.