In our best interest to heed advice given in constitution: CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.  Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 26, 2018, 11.34 AM (IST)

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said Monday that "it's in our best interest to heed" the advice given in our constitution". 

He added that India's constitution is the "voice of marginalised and prudence of majority" and that "it's wisdom continues to guide us in moments of crisis". 

Gogoi was speaking in New Delhi. Today is Constitution Day.

Gogoi added that if we do not heed the advice given in the constitution, "our hubris will result in sharp descent into chaos". 

Gogoi said that when it was brought into force, the constitution was criticised as "far too large and rigid". But that time has weakened that criticism and "it's a matter of pride that our constitution has lived with great vigour in last 7 decades. 

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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also spoke at the function. 

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"We need to trust India's democracy because they (the people) have this confidence we can unseat any political leader or political party howsoever popular, howsoever powerful in Delhi or in states," he said. 

India's constitution is the longest in the world. Credit for it is usually given to Dr BR Ambedkar since he was chairman of the drafting committee of the constituent assembly.