Park in honour of legendary jurist

He wrote Mitakshara, the corner stone of Indian jurisprudence


It is 16 kms from here on Shahabad Road, which is the place of the legendary jurist of yore Vijnaneshwara, who gave the magnum opus `Mitakshara,’ the corner stone of the Indian jurisprudence.

The BJP government has sanctioned Rs 1 cr for the `Vijnaneshwara Park’ for  2008-09. Incidentally, Yeddyurappa is the first chief minister to visit Martur. Martur has already made its mark with the great initiative undertaken by former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, and former governor of Jharkhand and Bihar, Justice M Rama Jois.

A national memorial `Vijnaneshwara Smarak Bhavan’ has been established there. Also, a number of legal luminaries and political personalities from across the country have visited the village where Vijnaneshwara wrote `Mitakshara’ in the 11th century, during the reign of  Vikramaditya-VI of the Kalyani Chalukyan dynasty.

The memorial has come up on a six-acre land granted by the State government to the Vijnaneshwara Sahakara Souharda headed by Justice Jois.  It has an ambition of making it a study and research centre in the matters of Hindu Law and the ancient legal system.

Law college at Martur

The State Cabinet, at its meeting held here on August 27, took a decision to start a government law college at Martur and it be named after Vijnaneshwara. Efforts are underway to make Martur a place of tourist attraction.

One of the suggestions is to develop a comprehensive museum on ancient law and justice system, right from the days of Mahabharata and Kautilya’s period of 300 BC, by which time India had developed its well conceived legal and justice system.

It has been widely acknowledged that the Indian legal system is the oldest in the world. And it would be an honour to showcase the national pride in Martur.

For developing Martur into a major tourist spot, the government should make use of the Police Training Centre at Naganahalli, where a comprehensive museum on Indian police system in general and Karnataka police system in particular may be established.  The State in association with the Centre should also draw up plans to develop Martur into a prominent centre of studies and research in law and justice.

The law colleges all over India should be asked to bring their students to Martur and thereby expose them to the land of Vijnaneshwara, the father of Indian Jurisprudence.
The newly formed Karnataka Law University and Hubli, should also associate with Martur by opening its first post graduation centre there.

Facts

* Vijnaneshwara is hailed as the father of Indian jurisprudence.

* Indian legal system is widely recognised as the oldest in the world.

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