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JAMMU: Model Institute of Education and Research (MIER) Jammu organized books launching programme participated by august academia, civil society, faculty members, scholars and students.The books launching programme was organized to felicitate Professor Dr. K. L. Bhatia, the author of the books, namely, Expounding Constitution-alism in India Challenges and Perspectives; and Dharmoprudence From Legal Cosmology To Illuminative, Expounding And Explicatory Indian Perceptions of Vidhi (Law) and Nyaya (Justice), published by Thomson Reuters an international reputed publisher. The program started with the lighting of traditional lamp and recitation of Sarswati Vandana.Besides the audience, the programme was graced by MoS PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Judge Jammu Kashmir High Court, Justice Sanjeev Shukla, Vice Chancellor University of Jammu, Professor Manoj Kumar Dhar, Chairperson MIER, Dr. Renu Gupta and Director MIER, Dr. Adit Gupta.Dr. Adit Gupta, Director MIER, while welcoming the dignitaries, admired their respective endeavours as devout promoters to the cause of all round societal development- justice delivery, academics, scientific and infrastructure.Dr. Seema Sharma and Dr. Mrinalini Atre, faculty members of The Law School of the University introduced the author as well as his books.Both the scholars were feeling proud to state that Professor Bhatia is acknowledged as icon in the promotion of legal education not only in India but abroad also.Both, highlighted that Prof Bhatia has authored about two dozen books including a book of poetry, and as such he is a living legend of the soil and Who’s Who.Professor Bhatia expressed the briefs about his two books. He stated that Expounding Constitutionalism is the legal landscape of law and its philosophy, values and development due to judicial intellectualism.Constitutionalism is an in depth study of rule of law and justice which are undoubtedly the noblest concepts evolved by the wit of law enthusiasts. Justice is the greatest interest of man on earth, it is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.Rule of law postulates that laws ought to be equal, general and administered by independent justices that eventually serve the rule of life of all segments of the society. And without the rule of law and rule of life, only the rule of tooth and claw prevail.A Constitution endures for posterity for ages to come and as such regarded as a vehicle of nation’s progress. The heart and core of constitutionalism is innate or instinctive in the judicial process. The quintessence of this is that justices of higher courts write memorable decisions that lay down the right law and become indestructible foundational fundamentals in the form of basic structure, due process of law, pro bono publico, which are embedded as creative, pragmatic and innovative vibes of constitutionalism.Professor Bhatia also expressed his views on the impending need of in depth study of Dharmoprudence as India’s own jurisprudence.He stated that Indian legal thoughts have heavy overreach of Euro-American modules with least Indian precepts of Vidhi (law) and Nyaya (justice). It requires incisive analysis of Dharma as Vidhi, Nyaya and Niti Padhati, which shall be unique and unparalleled in the promotion of Dharmoprudence. Dharma is conceded as science of sciences, art of arts and knowledge ofknowledge.Dharmoprudence means science or knowledge of Dharma that denotes law making or legal practices that Vidhi, Nyaya and Niti Padhati strive to present the Indian concept of Dharma as the socio-legal-cultural heritage of Indic jurisprudence.Indian scholarship shall have to strive to the advancement of Dharmoprudence for the societal transformation on the administration of good governance and administration of justice in the new millennia of constitutional democracy.Justice Sanjeev Shukla lauded the academics of Prof Bhatia and expressed his reflections that the works of Prof Bhatia shall be unique in the promotion of new schools of thought in Indian legal education. Dr. Jitendra Singh, while applauding the works of deep research insights of Professor Bhatia emphasized the need of deep comprehension of the concepts as well as perceptions of Constitutionalism and Dharmoprudence.Both Constitutionalism and Dharmoprudence will have to emerge as new schools of thought in law schools of India in the promotion of legal education from web to vibes.Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor of University of Jammu in his presidential remarks appreciated the academic pursuits of Professor Bhatia even after seventeen years of superannuation.R.C Sabharwal, a social activist, presented a vote of thanks. He expressed his deep gratitude to the dignitaries, guests and media. He expressed his long association with Prof Bhatia and stated that a person like Prof Bhatia can reach to the echelons in life and career by sheer hard work, positive thinking, positive behavior and positive way of living.
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