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Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS speaking at the Felicitation Ceremony. Seen on the Dias (From L) Ms. Pinky Anand, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Mr. Fali S. Nariman, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. M. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court, Rt. Hon Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of the U.K., Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha, Rt. Hon Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.K., Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, U.K & Dr. P. K. Patasani, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (L.S.).
 
   
Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha lighting the ceremonial lamp at the Odisha Civil Society Felicitation Ceremony held at Hotel Mayfair on 1st May 2011 at 7.30 PM.

His Excellency Shri M. C. Bhandare, Governor of Odisha, Hon’ble Member of Parliament Dr. P. K. Patasani
Hon’ble Shri Justice M. M. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court, Mrs. & Mr. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of The United Kingdom, Mrs. & Mr. Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court of The United Kingdom, Hon’ble Shri Justice A. K. Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Shri Ram Jethmalani, Mrs. & Mr. Fali S. Nariman, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Mr. Rob Lynes, Director, British Council, India and Mrs. & Mr. Martin Hunter.

It is a great day for Odisha in general and for Bhubaneswar in particular that we have amidst us some of the greatest legal brains of the world.

His Excellency Shri M. C. Bhandare, Governor of Odisha has been a people’s advocate in the Bar. He has proved himself to be a people’s Governor in the State of Odisha because of his concern for the people and love of the cultural heritage of the State. Ever since he has assumed charge of Governor he has traveled extensively in the State to know the problems and various activities undertaken by the people at large. As a distinguished lawyer, he has remained one of the finest legal luminaries and his presence amidst the galaxy of legal personalities has enhanced the importance of the function. I welcome you, Sir.

The Felicitation Ceremony organized today assumes greater importance because of the presence of Hon’ble Member of Parliament from this city Bhubaneswar in Lok Sabha, Dr. P. K. Patasani. Dr. Patasani is a poet, orator, a politician and an expert in transcendental meditation rolled in one. He has remained one of the most popular leaders of the State and he has been representing Bhubaneswar for several terms uninterrupted. I welcome you, Sir.

I take this opportunity in welcoming Hon’ble Shri Justice M.M. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court who has a vast experience as a lawyer in all wings of judiciary including civil, criminal and constitutional matters. His presence in today’s function assumes significance because of his association with very important social, philanthropic and spiritual organizations. I welcome you, Sir.

I welcome all the people from the cross section of the civil society have assembled here to felicitate Mrs. & Mr. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of The United Kingdom and Mrs. & Mr. Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court of The United Kingdom.

It is a coincidence that 150 years ago Lord Macaulay gave India a Penal Code known as Indian Penal Code, which has remained the basis of the criminal codes till date, not only in India, but also in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.

We have come a long way since the days of Raj, and today we stand on the threshold of becoming a superpower.

Dr. A. Samanta speaking at the Odisha Civil Society Felicitation Ceremony held at Hotel Mayfair on 1st May 2011 at 7.30 PM.

During our struggle for independence, the British civil society also helped us immensely to fight against the colonial power. We cannot deny the fact that we have learnt many things from the Britishers, and they too have learnt many things from India. In the age of globalization both India and The United Kingdom stand as firm partners in progress. While we gather here to felicitate the Chief Justice of The United Kingdom, we do not look at him as a man from legal fraternity, but as a concerned human being. Very few people have the courage to put on blue jeans and a yellow fluorescent jacket to work under cover in scrubbing concrete to clean a wall. It is not easy task and Justice Phillips has shown that the idea that alternative to custody being soft is wrong.As a champion of human rights, Justice Phillips commands respect and we are happy that the civil society of Odisha has assembled here in large numbers to felicitate a remarkable person like him.

Similarly, Justice Anthony Peter Clarke, like Lord Phillips, has been a remarkable human being. What we have been crying from the rooftop for last many years that justice must be delivered within reasonable time and with affordable cost, Justice Clarke has been advising the lawyers the same thing. His pragmatic approach can be judged from the fact, I quote, ‘If past experience teaches us anything, it is that the successful implementation of reform is never easily achieved’, unquote.

I am proud to be a member of this sociable society who has assembled here to felicitate such great human beings this evening.
Odisha is known to be a great place where people accept the guests as their Gods. In this land of Jagannath and Lingaraj, we have always admired, worshiped and felicitated people from across the world.

Keeping in Odiya tradition, we have come here to honour our guests and I hope they would accept our love, affection and regards. I wish them a very happy and healthy life and I pray to Lord Jagannath, Lord of the Universe, to shower His choicest blessings on them and all of us assembled here.

I thank everyone to give me a patient hearing.   

    

 
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