Social Reality and Social Responsibility of Law Students

AuthorHon’ble Justice N. V. Ramana
Published date01 June 2021
Date01 June 2021
Subject MatterArticles
Social Reality and
Social Responsibility
of Law Students*
Hon’ble Justice N. V. Ramana1
I am very happy to address this gathering on the occasion of the Eighth Convocation.
Before I begin my address, I would like to congratulate the students who are gradu-
ating today. It marks the culmination of a phase of learning. Let me also congratu-
late you on becoming part of an immensely challenging, intellectually stimulating
and incredibly satisfying profession.
It is appropriate to quote Justice Chagla here, I quote:
The legal profession is a great calling and it is a learned and noble profession. Remember
always that it is a profession. It is not a trade or business. The distinction between the
two is deep and fundamental. In business, your sole object is to make money. In the
legal profession making money is merely incidental.
The Father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, once remarked Youth are agents for
transformation. The history of modern India would be incomplete without
acknowledging the role played by students and youth of this country.
Many social revolutions and changes were brought about through politically
conscious and socially responsible students, who raised their voice against
existing inequities. Students have been the face of the Indian independence
movement. In fact, the youth have often taken up certain causes and inspired
many political parties to take up the same subsequently.
Education has a social agenda. The agenda is to develop our human resources,
which meet the requirements of society. An educated citizenry is the greatest asset
for any democratic society. Students are known for their readiness to fight for all
the right causes because their thoughts are pure and honest. They are always in the
forefront, questioning injustice.
Any keen observer of Indian society would note that in the past few decades,
no big leader has emerged from the student community. This appears to be
correlated with diminished participation of students in social causes after
liberalisation. The importance of students’ participation in modern democracy
cannot be played down.
Journal of National
Law University Delhi
8(1–2) 7–10, 2021
© 2022 National Law
University Delhi
Reprints and permissions:
DOI: 10.1177/22774017221084834
* The transcript of the convocation address delivered by Hon’ble Justice N. V. Ramana at the National
Law University, Delhi on December 9, 2021.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India.

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