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CJI focuses on ‘dark side’ of growth

July 13, 2019 06:30 AM

COURSTEY TOI JULY 13

CJI focuses on ‘dark side’ of growth
Dhananjay.Mahapatra@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Friday said the “single-minded focus on economic boom” post-liberalisation had resulted in several environmental and human rights disasters in India and it was time for the corporate sector to support the efforts of the government and civil society to usher in social justice in the true sense.


“Although the letter of the Constitution remains the same (for social justice and equality), the economic structure ever since the early 1990s transformed, leading to growth at rapid pace... But single-minded, unbridled focus on economic boom has resulted in several infamous environmental and human rights-related disasters in India — incidents that have made the public rethink the uncritical approach to investment and enterprise without imposing any additional regulations or obligations,” he said while delivering the APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture on ‘Social Justice and Corporate Social Responsibility’ organised by Assocham here.

Justice Gogoi quoted B R Ambedkar’s lines, “In our social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this (Constituent) Assembly has so laboriously built up.”

Referring to the Bhopal gas tragedy and the “environmental fiasco in the form of Bicchri village, Dehradun, quarrying cases”, he said these provide a springboard for any discussion of corporate social responsibility in India. The CJI refused to bracket corporate social responsibility with philanthropy. Justice Gogoi said CSR should start focussing on human rights issues.

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