Fundamental Rights Only One of the Constitution's Pillars;
Updated: Jul 12
Fundamental Rights Only One of the Constitution's Pillars; Have To Be Read Along With Fundamental Duties: Justice Vikram Nath
At the 2nd Justice HR Khanna Memorial National Symposium, which was organised by RMNLU Lucknow and NLU Odisha, Justice Vikram Nath of the Supreme Court of India addressed the attendees regarding "Fundamental Duties vis-a-vis Fundamental Rights under Our Constitution."
Justice Nath recalled the late Justice HR Khanna's while address, discussed the emergency situation, and brought up the carefully crafted dissent to protect the provisional constitution and natural rights.
These rights establish a benchmark for judges in the coming generations to challenge tyrannical forces notwithstanding the personal expenses they incur in the name of greater justice.
He also brought up Justice Khanna's dissent in Jabalpur, saying that the judge should stand up for justice and speak out since it is the legendary character, not the titles, that people remember. In his dissent, Justice Khanna showed tremendous courage in defence of the rule of law in India.
India has a diversified population made up of members of many linguistic, cultural, and religious groups, and it is essential to defend fundamental rights in order to uphold the obligations of such a large country.
He asserted that one of the tenets of the Indian constitution is that fundamental duties and rights are intertwined. Part IVA of the constitution states that fundamental rights and duties must coexist.
He continued by saying that, in contrast to fundamental rights, one is not legally required to carry out fundamental duties. As a result, it is more important than ever for each person to carry out their basic responsibilities in order to foster communal peace and improve life in our country for all.
Justice Nath concluded with his remarks by quoting Russell Kirk., “Every right is married to a duty; every freedom owes a corresponding responsibility, and there cannot be genuine freedom unless there exists also genuine order…”