Dissent, debate under threat: CJI Gogoi


Three dys before the new government take the oath of office, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday raised the biggest red flag saying  that dissent and debate in the country were under threat due to reckless individualism and that it was time the overwhelming silent majority stood up and spoke in one voice so that nation-building continued.

Addressing the open session after formally inaugurating the Cotton College Alumni House at the Cotton University campus here, CJI Gogoi said that dissent and debate, which were two cornerstones of democracy, had been under threat and the situation was proving to be disturbing for the institutions on which democracy stood.

“Such individualism presupposes that the concerned individual is the guardian of the world’s conscience. Such individualism also propounds that whatever the individual thinks is the only way to redeem and protect an institution,” he said.

The CJI added that the phenomenon was more visible in the present age of social media and information highway, and hence technologically driven, too, such as fake news.

“…fake news seeks to mask its oblique objectives. Such unbridled and reckless individualism also seeks to operate in darkness and under camouflage. It is important for us to be vigilant. It is time for the overwhelming silent majority to stand up and speak in one voice so that these institutions and nation-building continue uninterrupted,” he observed.

Pointing out that lots of injustices were taking place in the country, CJI Gogoi said that even that should not be a cause for the young generation to get disheartened. “Do your own work, have faith in God, and you will reach your goal,” he said.

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