The Chief Justice of India, N.V. Ramana addressed the India- Singapore Mediation Summit on “Making Mediation mainstream: Reflections from India and Singapore" He began by congratulating the Singapore International Mediation Centre, CAMP, Mediation Mantras, and the officers of the Supreme Court of Singapore and the Supreme Court of India.
Conflicts are unavoidable in society says Justice Ramana
“Conflicts are unavoidable in any society for a variety of reasons like political, economic, social, cultural and religious. And with conflicts, there is also the need to develop mechanisms for conflict resolution”. Referring to Mahabharata, he said, “this provides an example of an early attempt at mediation as a conflict resolution tool, where Lord Krishna attempted to mediate the dispute between the Pandavas and Kauravas. It may be worthwhile to recall that the failure of mediation led to disastrous consequences”. The Chief Justice further added, “Mediation, as a concept, is deeply embedded into the Indian ethos. However, the establishment of the British court system, in 1775, marked the erosion of community-based indigenous dispute resolution mechanisms in India”.
Chief Justice N.V. Ramana was speaking at the India - Singapore Mediation Summit 2021, organised by Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), in strategic partnership with CAMP Mediation, and Mediation Mantras.