By Nupur Sachdev
We often avoid including children in conversations that seem a little too “heavy” for them. The Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh, Leila Seth, however, proved that there are issues even our children would love to express their opinions about. That is, only if we dare to give them a chance.
In a thought-provoking session about her book, We the Children of India: A Preamble to the Constitution, Justice Seth spoke at length about the Constitution, its Preamble and even the concepts of liberty, justice, and innovation. There were plenty of stories to illustrate these important issues, and the stories sure struck a chord with an audience of extremely bright children.
Justice Seth’s session touched elucidated concepts like ethics, fairness and basic human rights. Put forward in a brilliantly simple manner, her valiant efforts were met with a wonderful response.
“It’s not only important to be your best, but also to do your best”, she said, before explaining the importance of constant innovation in one’s approach to business and policy-making. She then recited the Preamble and also explained the story behind India’s Republic Day.
The children took part in a question-answer session with the Chief Justice. During this part of the session, Justice Seth displayed exceptional dexterity in responding to the children’s curiosity about various issues that came up in her presentation of the Constitution.
The session concluded with an inspiring poem about diversity and a book-signing session was held immediately after the event.