Former Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, during his address at Republic TV's summit emphasised the importance of gender justice and said that One 'cannot ignore the ladies' in this country. Citing a case from the city of Mumbai, Justice Dipak Misra said:
"We are here in Mumbai. Let me tell you something that happened here. As I was in Mumbai I was following a debate on Gender Justice. Gender Justice is a facet of our main bone of the constitution. You cannot ignore the ladies. But in this city, you have Bollywood and the ladies were not given the status of makeup artists. They were entitled only to become hairdressers. The reason shown was the distinction between a man and a woman and a woman cannot become a makeup artist. The court intervened and said that you cannot make such kind of discrimination. A woman is technically entitled to become a makeup artist and eventually, the association granted. I thought that Bollywood was progressive But till 2015 this prevailed".
Touching upon the topic of 'Institutions. Integrity. Democracy', the former Chief Justice further stated that "consciousness of the Constitution cannot be sacrificed".
"The constitution is not mine, is not yours. It is ours. That is why citizens are the real sovereign because they govern the state, directly, indirectly. If I cannot respect you, you cannot respect me, there cannot be a democracy. The consciousness of the Constitution cannot be sacrificed. We have only one umbrella. Nothing can be done without the constitutional principle", he said.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the inauguration of Republic TV Summit, speaking on the theme of Surging India. PM Modi then went onto highlight the growth of India in the past few years and underlined the importance of Surging India - the theme of the annual summit of Republic TV.
"Surging India - the two words - are the expression of 130 crore Indians. These are the feelings, vibrations which the world is witnessing. In the world society, India's growth is moving ahead in a very fast manner. India's image in front of the world is getting better with each passing day," he said.