Indian democracy is on the crossroads, after seven decades of Independence, it needs judges who speak out, upright - Journalists to write without fear or favour and Judiciary on the front foot is the need of the hour to robust Indian democracy.
"There is an India that believes that it is the new order and there is an India that lives below a ridiculously drawn poverty live on daily wages in night shelters with no access to education or healthcare, let alone access to the courts of law"- remarked by Justice Gogoi, in his lecture at " The Vision of Justice"- the third Ramnath Goenka Memorial lecture on Thursday.
" Independent Judges and noisy Journalists are democracy's first line of defence. Reports of the death of democracy are greatly exaggerated. But the least the bad system of government ever devised is in trouble. It needs defenders..." from the article "How Democracy Dies".
" I agree, but will only suggest a slight modification in today's context- not only independent Judges but even independent Journalists and sometimes noisy Judges are essential to strengthen democracy.
" A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So is an institution. And if introspection is where we have to begin, we might as well begin there. Perhaps, we can hope and endeavour that in the future, it is not our finality, but really the infallibility that should define us"- he added.
Judiciary has been endowed with great societal trust, which only gives credibility and legitimacy. It is the very enviable spot for an institution.