Mangaluru: Justice N. Santhosh Hegde, the former Karanata Lokayuktha, was at AIMIT, St Aloysius College (Autonomous) on November 26 for the celebration of Constitution Day. The theme of his address was “Upholding moral values and fight against corruption”.
In his address, Justice Hegde stated how destiny gives an opportunity to those people who are truthful to their responsibility. He said that he considers himself as one of such individuals who was lucky enough to serve the people through the roles he has played over the years.
Justice Hegde said that he has visited over 1200 educational institutions since his retirement and has interacted with youth in order to make them understand the importance of being content in life and humanism (being humane in your dealing with the society). “When society, in general, ignores these two values, they tend to become greedy and corrupt, which in turn leads to the failure of a society. Thus, to break the cycle of corruption, one needs to awaken the youth towards the idea of a corruption free society,” he said.
Stating the current facts based on various parliamentary studies, Justice Hegde stated that out of every ten rupees that the government spends for the people, only fifteen paisa reaches the destination. “The amount of zeros in the modern day scams has only been increasing while the 3 core pillars of modern society i.e. the parliament, the executives and the judiciary has been failing the people. To fix this, the next generation, the youth should understand the importance and happiness one can have from wealth that they can earn legitimately,” he added.
“The social value of responsibility for one’s action is the need of the hour and only when each individual takes a responsible action can society advance towards serving the betterment of humanity,” he concluded.
The programme concluded with a question and answer session. Around 240 people attended the programme.