Ahmedabad: A virtual convocation ceremony held at CEPT University
Madhav Khosla, an associate professor of law at Columbia University, was the event's chief guest
On Saturday, the 16th convocation ceremony of the CEPT University in Ahmedabad was held digitally. Madhav Khosla, an associate professor of law at Columbia University, was the keynote speaker. Khosla spoke during the event and reminded the students that "whether or not we are interested in law, law is interested in us and there is no escaping that," he also emphasised the role of constitutions in bringing about change in the current international order.
Khosla also said that citizenship is "ultimately about how we relate to each other" and is not just about "how we relate to the state".
Speaking on the significance of being citizens and why the Indian Constitution matters, Khosla pointed out that "citizenship is ultimately about really constituting the relationship between say, you and me. It's not just about reconstituting the relationship between states. Secondly, the project of politics is constantly being created and recreated. So, when a lot of the world told India's founders that 'look, India can't be a democracy, because it's poor. It's illiterate. It has people of all these various types. It has all the divisions,' the Indian answer was that 'you can create democratic politics. You can create democratic citizens through democratic politics… Politics itself can create the people that you want to create.'"
Finally, Khosla argued that the primary source of concern in the political setting is cynicism, which is inherently anti-constitutional.
During the convocation ceremony, 646 students received their diplomas.