Constitution needs to be revisited; minorities enjoy many rights : HRD State Minister Satyapal

The minorities enjoyed many rights that the majority did not, and advocated that the way the Constitution had been interpreted in the past few decades needed a “revisit”, said Human Resource Development Minister of State Satyapal Singh here on Saturday.

He was speaking on ‘Rule of law and role of BR Ambedkar in nation-building’ at an event at Delhi University commemorating the 127th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon and framer of the Constitution.

Stating that all are equal before the law, the MoS added, “In the last about two decades, the way the Constitution has been interpreted and the laws have been interpreted, it requires a revisit. Let us revisit them.”

“Minorities have the rights to run their institutes, religious institutions, but the majority does not have similar rights. Law is equal to all,” he said.

It has been close to 70 years since the Constitution was adopted, but “we have not been able to internalise it,” he said.

“Rule of law means the law is equal for everyone. However, a person stealing Rs 100 and another stealing Rs 100 crore get the same punishment. Does it give justice to the society? I say it does not,” he said.

Therefore, there is a need to amend laws,” he said, adding that in the recent past rule of law had not been implemented and it resulted in a lot of discrimination.

 

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