Being tolerant of others’ opinions does not mean hate speech should be tolerated: Justice Chandracud

Accepting and tolerating the opinions of others does not mean accepting hate speech as well, Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud said on Saturday. In his convocation speech at the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) here, he urged graduate students to be guided by their “own conscience and fair reason”.

In the world of social media “with a limited attention span”, it’s helpful to remember that “a lot of the work we do will only have a long-term impact and we shouldn’t worry about distraction. daily,” he said. in the speech, delivered via video link.

”The famous words attributed to Voltaire, ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’, must be incorporated into our being. Making mistakes, accepting and tolerating the opinions of others does not in any way translate into blind compliance, and it does not mean not standing up against hate speech,” the judge said.

As students enter the outside world amid ‘the growing noise and confusion of political, social and moral clashes of the majority’, they must be guided by the path of their ‘own conscience and fair reasons ”, he told the GNLU’s 11th convocation.

He also cited writer Seth Godin’s analogy between current and wind. ”On the river, it’s the current that will move the canoe much more than the wind. But the wind distracts us… The current is our persistent systems of class, race and gender, and our powerful industrial economy. And if I may add, in our context, caste as well,” Judge Chandrachud said, quoting the author.

The current can be overcome, but it takes a “concentrated effort”, the judge said.

”On the other hand, the wind is the news of the moment, the latest sensation on social networks. And the thin layer of hype that surrounds us. It might be a useful distraction, but our real job is to ride the tide or change it,’ he added.

”It helps to see it first and ignore the wind where we can. This quote is particularly relevant to remember in today’s world of polarizing opinions and contradictory actions,” the judge added.

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