The fifth edition of Difficult Dialogues, which will see leading experts, policymakers, politicians, lawyers, judges, academics and personalities gather to discuss the ‘State of Law’ was inaugurated at Goa University, Taleigao.
Member of Rajya Sabha, Sudhanshu Trivedi was the chief guest for the inaugural ceremony. Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford University, Paul Flather; and additional solicitor general of India and lawyer, Pinky Anand shared their views on the current state of law and it’s importance in the country.
Trivedi first paid homage to the martyrs of the 2019 Pulwama attack. He further stated that Difficult Dialogues could not have been scheduled at a more appropriate time with context to what is happening in the country. “Nirbhaya convicts haven’t been hung yet because of the loopholes in the law. There’s a case in Indian judiciary. You can’t have two types of view on crime. There should be one bench mark for a certain crime,” said Trivedi while discussing people’s opinions on the capital punishment. He also stated that judges should keep in mind how law can be established in a judicious manner.
Keynote speaker, Anand stated that coming from a framework of law; she is conservative about the laws. She stated that the state of law is relevant and important and goes in two directions – One which dictates ordinary life which governs people and the other which ensures change in the society.