Retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and eminent civil rights activist, Justice (Retired) Rajendra Sachar delivered a lecture on the theme of ‘Law as an Instrument of Social Change’ at the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia. The lecture that was delivered on 24th August 2017 was organised in association with the Khudai Khidmatgar, Jamia Unit.
The programme was chaired by Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Nuzhat Parveen Khan who introduced the contributions of Justice Sachar to the Indian law, most prominently the Sachar Committee Report on socio-economic and educational status of minorities in India.
Addressing a hall full of young students of the Law faculty, Justice Sachar asked them to contemplate on the use of law as an instrument of social change. Justice Sachar asked the budding law students to find ways of effectively combat the shortcomings of the existing system while strengthening the institutional mechanisms that would ensure an effective functioning of democracy in a multicultural society like India.
One must refrain from exaltation of the judiciary and the judiciary as well must keep itself open to scrutiny, he added. Invoking his experience in the pursuit of civil liberties through PUCL, he presented anecdotes substantiating instances when judiciary stood up for democratic principles and the weaker sections of society.
Citing the examples of landmark judgements in cases such as Union of India v Association for Democratic reforms and another, 2002 and PUCL v Union of India, 2013, Justice Sachar expounded the potential in judicial decisions to create far reaching impact in society and polity.
The programme concluded with concluding remarks and a vote of thanks from Course Advisor, Dr. Qazi Mohammad Usman, said the university in its release.