Mohan Bhagwat pitches for new legal system based on ethos of society


RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday proposed reforms in India’s judiciary stressing the need to incorporate “ethos of the society” into the legal system.

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Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta (Advocates) Parishad in Hyderabad, Bhagwat demanded the incorporation of ethos of society into the legal framework.

“Our legal system should also be based on such ethos. A discussion and debate should be held on this. After a comprehensive national debate we will have to arrive at a consensus and such system should be made available to people. It should be such that it not only benefits our country but also sets an example for other countries,” he was quoted by PTI.

Bhagwat reminded how the country’s constitution still had some old drawn from ‘foreign sources’ even though it was drafted after India’s independence.

He said, “Our constitution was written based on the understanding of the ‘Bharatiya’ ethos of our founding fathers, but many of the laws that we are still using are based on the foreign sources and that laws were made as per their thinking…seven decades have passed since our independence…this is something we must address.”.

The Sangh chief, who is deemed as the ideological mentor of the India’s governing party, the BJP, referred to the trial of revolutionary Birsa Munda and 400 tribals by the British for leading an armed struggle for independence.

“Unfortunately, what the tribals were saying was being misrepresented by the interpreters and there was a huge gap between what the (trial) judge was saying and what the accused were saying. This gap seems to exist even today.

“Our justice system is under the ambit of the legal framework but what is legal may not be morally right. For example, during the Emergency, police had the right to shoot anyone and one could not ask a question. Legally, the police were right but morally….?” he questioned.