CHENNAI: Chief Justice of India T S Thakur said that incidents of militancy in Kashmir needed to be addressed immediately. Addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of C P Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation here on Saturday, Thakur said that the most recent issues such as global terrorism, Maoist insurgency, emergence of a few separatist groups should be urgently addressed with a required political consensus.
“Unless these threats are resolved, the progress that India has made so far and its future growth will be hit,” he added.
This was Thakur’s first visit to the city after taking charge as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Speaking to a packed crowd, Thakur said that alongside economic progress, India also needed to address the issue of poverty as the country houses one-fourth of the undernourished population in the world.
In his 20-minute speech, he also traced how C P Ramaswami, the Diwan of Travancore (1936-47), acted as a forerunner in today’s popular government initiatives, including Smart Cities and Right to Education Act.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal, in his presidential address, said how Sir C P Ramaswami had given up the honorific prefix ‘Sir’ in protest against the incarceration of Mahatma Gandhi, but the title still stuck to him because of the affection people had for him.