Judiciary central in securing constitutional rights: Ansari

CJI conferred with Doctor of LawsKG News Desk
Jammu, April 2: Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Saturday underlined the centrality of the judiciary in securing the constitutional rights of citizens.
“People increasingly turn to the judiciary for solving social problems due to its accessibility, affordability and confidence that justice will be dispensed speedily,”he said in his address at the 16th Convocation of University of Jammu.
He also emphasised that “any discussion of the constitutional ideal of India being a secular republic having a composite culture has to be premised on the existential reality of the society which is characterised by heterogeneity” and how the Indian state, in principle and practice, has given shape to the essential ingredients of the secular principle and composite culture.
“Apart from the principles enshrined in the constitutional text, the policy pronouncements of public figures, often
CJI conferred with Doctor of Laws 
Chief Justice of India T S Thakur was today conferred with Degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Jammu at its 16th convocation here.
An emotional Thakur dedicated his degree to his teachers and parents, while recalling his childhood and schooling in Jammu and Kashmir.
“On this occasion, I pay tributes to my teachers and dedicate this degree to them and my parents. This is the second time I am being honoured with a Doctorate Degree.
“First time it was in Lucknow but I am deeply grateful for this honour, as it has come from the university from where I received my LLB,” he said.
Vice President Hamid Ansari was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, also the Chancellor of the Jammu University was also present.
The Governor conferred the Degree of Doctor of Laws on Justice Thakur.
“Over 46 years or so, this University has produced outstanding academicians, jurists, scholars. Jammu and Kashmir is a very small state as compared to other states…Not in term of land or area but population-wise,” Justice Thakur said.
He said the population of Jammu and Kashmir was one tenth of the population of states like Uttar Pradesh but the size of the state has not affected its human resources.
The CJI talked about his humble beginnings and exhorted the students to study hard.
“To the students here, I only say that I am a product of a government school, government college. Our teachers were good. They could create, shape and prepare people for the struggles of life,” he said.