Ego is the root cause of all evils: CJ

Published: 11th February 2013 10:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2013 10:45 AM   |  A+A-

Love and affection is only thing that can bring about a change in a person and solve many problems arising in society, High Court chief justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has said.

Speaking at the inaugural of a one-day  conference of women lawyers organised by the Federation of Women Lawyers of AP here on Sunday, he said there was nothing in the world that could not be achieved through love and affection.

Recalling his own experience with inmates of a mental institution in Kolkata years ago, he said, ‘’I was asked not to venture into the cells where the inmates were kept and I was told they might react violently. But I went inside and continued to do so in the following days. They warmed up to me and, at one point, even brought a broken chair, as there was nothing else there, for me to sit. That shows that patience and love for fellow human beings is all that is required tackle a situation.’’

Ghose said transformation of a person to a better being can transform everything. ‘’The root cause of all ills in society is ego. No one wants to accept the dominance of others and it results in ego clashes,’’ he said and observed that if a person was able to overcome his ego and transform himself for the better, the there would be no need for any law in society.

High Court judge justice Goda Raghuram, in his keynote address, elaborated on the transformation of human civilisation from a hunting and gathering society to an agriculture-dependent one and later to an industrialised society. ‘’In the course of evolution, physical strength has dominated for most period and continues to dominate the society even now. However, with economic empowerment of women, that dominance is being questioned,’’ he said.

‘’If the woman is a victim of physical violence, the man is a victim of cultural violence,’’ he said, citing the examples of discord between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law, sometimes leading to marital discord. Though the emergence of market economy was acceptable, a market society was not as it was very dangerous, he said and cited the examples of womb offered for hire, insurance of sale and education for sale.

High Court judges justice NV Ramana and G Rohini, conference committee chairperson M Bhaskara Lakshmi, president Manjari Ganu also spoke. ‘The impact of marital discord on children’ was discussed in the forenoon session and ‘Crimes against women’ in the afternoon session of the conference.

Former registrar-general of the High Court P Mastanamma, senior advocate from Warangal V Jaya Harihara Rao and senior advocate from Hyderabad Usha K Sastry were felicitated on the occasion.

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