Dynasties are a facet of political injustice, says SC judge Chelameswar

Justice Chelameswar said he had personally witnessed the social menace of untouchability long ago. The practice remains prevalent in parts of the country even today, he said.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: September 17, 2017 7:34 am
Justice Chelameswar, Chelameswar, sc judge Chelameswar, dynasty, political dynasty, india political dynasty, indian express news Justice Chelameswar was giving the valedictory address on ‘The Preamble Pledge of Social, Political and Economic Justice: Are They out of Order’ at GLS auditorium, Law Garden, in Ahmedabad.

Supreme Court Justice Jasti Chelameswar on Saturday said “dynasties, the age-old problem of this country, is another facet of political injustice”. He said, “everybody is entitled but when only determining factor happens to be the person’s relationship with some existing member in public life then it becomes a question whether we really practise political justice in the country”.

Justice Chelameswar was giving the valedictory address on ‘The Preamble Pledge of Social, Political and Economic Justice: Are They out of Order’ at GLS auditorium, Law Garden, in Ahmedabad. In the sphere of political justice, the achievement is “only elementary”, Justice Chelameswar said, “as we have abolished the monarchy”. “But how far we have secured political justice, in the sense that all people of this country can aspire to and effectively participate in democratic electoral process, is a matter of which we all are aware.”

He said that the kind of role money plays in the electoral process is against the political justice envisaged in the Preamble of the Constitution. “It is ultimately money power which determines the eligibility of a man to become member of a legislative body,” Justice Chelameswar said. Pointing to young lawyers, he said there was a long way to go still, and it was up to the next generation to work on this problem to create a better society.

“It is the age-old problem of this country, another facet of the syndrome of hierarchy, the role of seniority and the dynasties. Invariably somebody in the family becomes the member of the legislative body… his wife, children, everybody lines up to occupy the space… this is political injustice…,” the judge said.

Justice Chelameswar said he had personally witnessed the social menace of untouchability long ago. The practice remains prevalent in parts of the country even today, he said.

“By virtue of various cultural, social practices in this country, for millennia people opted for certain professions from generation to generation, which simply became heritable occupations, some of them considered to be less respectable… people carrying on these occupations were not treated as equals by the more fortunate in society…,” Justice Chelameswar said. “There was huge amount of disparity and unrest and this might not have taken a violent turn, but it was always simmering, (and the) makers of the Constitution knew this,” he said.

There have been huge economic disparities in the Indian social system, the judge said. Quoting from a book, he said that under the six Mughal rulers from Babar to Aurangzeb, “50% of the GDP was appropriated by 500 people, while 120 million lived in utter poverty and hardly had one meal… all this at the height of mesmerizing structures, the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort, among others,” he said.

Now, “certain institutions have improved, some amount of food security is there, there is some access to education and medical facilities,” Justice Chelameswar said, “but much is required to be achieved”.

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    Syed Kiyanoosh
    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:04 am
    Agree 100 percent with the honourable Justice' s observations. These are more true for India where a very cruel, unjust and religiously sanctioned caste system or social discrimination remains in operation. Sad part is incapable dynastic politics. Many a times descendants are well qualified and capable. They are advantaged because of past connections and good will of predecessors. Another positive is that the incumbent tries to uphold the honour, dignity and good will of the predecessors. As we can see in many old political families of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, UK, USA etc. Yet , meritocracy takes a beating in dynastic politics. But now, politics in the sub-continent is no longer 'noble social activities'. Apart from a few, muscle,money, criminal powers rule. Previously politics were dominated by Lawyers,Doctors, Educationists, Social Workers etc, rendered as service to the masses. Now, notorious goons, rioters, criminals, industrialists and all undesirables are elected. Solution ?
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      anonymous
      Sep 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm
      Sir, Uneducated politicians are also injustice to India. Like Govt IAS, politicians should also go through tests
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        D Prakash
        Sep 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm
        Many thousands of years ago (at least 3000 years ago ) a great Indian subcontinent war Mahabharata happened . The main reason was to re-establish the rule "a son can not be a king just because father is the king - merit and merit alone should be the criteria for selection of a ruler." Today , an aspirant to the PM's post talks of that dynasty is the norm in India to have political power. He wants to be PM of India , but not knowing (demanding understanding or internalizing from him is beyond his ability) the ethos, cherished values , remarkable culture of this ancient great civilization.The Islamic invaders and British brought this evil system back to India. But , in this new age of technology and communication, the citizens of this sub-continent will get rid of dynasts for sure.
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          Syed Kiyanoosh
          Sep 18, 2017 at 8:20 am
          Please read history more carefully. Dynasty was always prevalent in all Hindu empires of the sub-continent. Mouryas, Guptas, Chollas, Chalukyas etc were all dynasties. Dynasties or dynastic politics have nothing to do with religion - be it Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sikhs etc. History of formed religion is not very old. Some 4000 years only. Dynasty or dynastic politics is inherent human nature - trying to continue rule of self and progenies.
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            Syed Kiyanoosh
            Sep 18, 2017 at 9:01 am
            Talking about invaders, invasion is a part of history. Rule of the more brave, capables and treasure hunters. India or Indian sub-continent was first invaded from the West - from Afghanistan, Eastern Iran and beyond by the Aryans who are present days Hindu upper castes. So, except the indigenous dravidians, tribals etc all were invaders- earlier or later. We talk about Arab-Turkic-Muslim or British-Christian invasions because these happened in the near past. First ones in thirteenth century and British even later. Hindu Temples were attacked because of wealth - gold, precious stones, silvers . Indian sub-continent was famous for spices, wealth, textiles, clothes, Muslins etc. Temple damage was collateral . Personally I strongly oppose and dislike destruction of any place of worship of any religion. Even Prophet Muhammad opposed and prevented destruction of Jewish , Christian places of worship. He asked his victorious followers to pray in the open and asked them to build Mosques.
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          2. Politik Fao
            Sep 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm
            One big question usually ask myself when some one talk about dynasty in indian politic. Do i have the possibility of wining election like those kids whose parent are well known politician. If not talking dynasty politic will just be out of jealousy. Then, let the political party decide who lead thier party.
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              manian
              Sep 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm
              We should be happy that atleast one judge speaks about the evil of dynasties in public life.t the same time it is pathetic to see even intellctuals ordinary adoring the dynasic pursuit of power.This only shows that India has not really matured politically in tune with modern trends.Everybody everywhere in politics,cineworld, service sector,buisiness promote their own people, to the detriment of society at large.
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