Meritocracy and its Discontents
Pratap Bhanu Mehta*
Volume 4 Issue 1 (2011)
Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Professor M.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, NUJS, dignitaries, distinguished faculty of NUJS, guests and above all, students, it is truly humbling to be asked to speak on this occasion for several reasons. The most important reason is that convocation includes many things. It marks an important day in the life of an institution, a signal that the institution has completed its part in a pedagogic mission that brought you here. For the students, it is a ‘rite of passage’ that marks your ascendancy from one stage of life to the next. Convocation is also a celebration of achievement. It is a celebration of the extraordinary talent this institution is about to unleash on the world. One of the reasons I feel humbled is because the talent we have assembled here is truly outstanding. It makes us, those slightly more advanced in years than the students here, seem so behind the times and so inadequate. But this is precisely the thing we celebrate.