Honoring plurality will only support our democracy: NV Ramana

India’s Chief Justice N.V. Ramana said the key to maintaining our democracy is to honor our plurality and instead of fostering a sense of ‘otherness’, our education should take us where we can nurture diversity.

Delivering here the speech for the 82nd convocation of Osmania University, he said that education cannot be alienated from its roots and must reflect social reality and the journey of progress through time. “Our students must be equipped with the knowledge of history, language, philosophy, politics and economics to bring transformative power,” he said.

“With rapid globalization and massive developments in science and technology, multiple cultures and identities are interacting with each other with increased frequency. Driven by the winds of globalization, we are moving towards a global culture. As this global culture engulfs the world, the need to maintain diversity is of great importance,” he said, adding that global culture is emerging as a threat to local cultural symbols and identities.

Praising the university, Justice Ramana said that Osmania was one of those universities where political participation and scholarly pursuits went hand in hand. This university had produced one of modern India’s most outstanding prime ministers and statesmen in the form of PV Narasimha Rao, as well as high profile politicians who shaped the state and the country.

Chancellor and Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said hard work was the only ladder to success and asked students to aim high. University Vice-Chancellor D. Ravinder; Registrar Lakshminarayana, Controller of Examinations Nagesh and others were present. Judge Ramana was conferred with Honoris Causa occasional doctorate.

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