CMS creates a better future for all children by maximising
their opportunities through quality education and initiatives for unity and development.
The future of the over 40 crore children of India and the world's over 2.5 billion children has become progressively more insecure and unprotected during the past seven decades, since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the recent spread of international terrorism, stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction, fear of a third world war, global warming & climate change etc.
Today, our highly interdependent world is without any enforceable world law and justice. Large amounts of resources are being used for the research, development and production of even deadlier weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems leaving little for the well-being of children and the humanity at large. Some key areas of concern are:
We believe that our Prime Minister, must initiate the process of calling a meeting of Heads of Government of all the nations of the world as per the constitutional mandate of Article 51 of the Constitution of India, leading to the formation of a World Parliament, World Government and a World Court of Justice.
As I write this, I am flicking through the draft pages of this Bulletin, and seeing a huge amount of material related to the CMS annual conference of Chief Justices. The ideals of the conference are extremely grand – solving international problems through the creation of supra-national institutions of governance such as a World Court of Justice and a World Parliament – and, as a result, perhaps difficult to relate to. I therefore wish to use this short piece to make it feel more ‘relatable’.
To understand the relevance of the conference, it is helpful to bear in mind the underlying values and motivations behind it. The conference has been conceived based on the understanding that there are serious world problems that will impact future generations, and that these problems cannot be solved by any single government alone. Global issues that threaten the next generation – such as environmental degradation, or the spread of international terrorism – require global solutions, and this conference brings together influencers at the highest levels to deliberate on how institutions could be formed to overcome the limitations of national governments and provide those global solutions.
Of course, these grandiose ideas about global institutions of governance are not the only part of the solution to these problems. The types of international problems that this conference has been convened to tackle on a global level also require action at a local and individual level – and this is where everyone in their own capacity can relate to the values and motivations of the conference, and make a meaningful contribution towards the same aims.
As we deliberate upon rule of law at an international level, let us make a greater effort to respect and uphold the law at the level of our own communities, by being law-abiding citizens and working against systemic corruption. While we talk about creating a worldwide democratic system, let us work towards building well-functioning democratic processes here in our own national and state parliamentary constituencies, through taking the time to make informed voting decisions and interpretations of political news. When we discuss the creation of international institutions to tackle environmental problems, let us not forget our duty to minimise our own environmental impact at home. By thinking in this way, we may all meaningfully relate to the values and aims of the Chief Justices’ Conference.