Supreme Court judge Justice Anil R Dave Saturday said that had he been a dictator, he would have made the Gita and the Mahabharata compulsory in Class I in schools.
Speaking as the chief guest at a conference on ‘contemporary issues and challenges of human rights in the era of globalisation’ at Gujarat University’s convention hall, Justice Dave said, “Had I been the dictator of India, I would have introduced Gita and Mahabharata in Class I. That is the way you learn how to live life. I am sorry if somebody says I am secular or I am not secular. But we have to get good things from everywhere.”
“Our old tradition such as guru-shishya parampara (teacher-student tradition) is lost; if it had been there, we would not have had all these problems in our country,” he said, referring to the problem of violence and terrorism.
“Now we see terrorism in countries. Most of the countries are democratic. If everybody in a democratic country is good, then they would naturally elect somebody who is very good. And that person will never think of damaging anybody else,” he said as he recited the famous Sanskrit saying: “Yatha raja tatha praja (The subject reflects the king).”
At the conference, organised by the Gujarat Law Society, Justice Dave recited several verses from the Gita and other ancient scriptures, and added that a balance needs to be struck while dealing with violence and issues of human rights.
“We would never violate any person’s right if we stick to our ancient scriptures,” Justice Dave said. Other speakers at the conference included justice (retired) C K Thakkar and Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah.
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