Ch. Bhupender Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana; Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, Cooperation Minister, Punjab; Hon'ble  Justice S.S.Kang, former Governor of Kerala; Justice Anil Kumar, Judge, Delhi High Court; Hon'ble Judges of this Court; Hon'ble Judges from Delhi High Court; Shri Jitender Sharma, Senior Advocate and President, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, who was elected  last year at Paris Conference of IADL; Shri H.S.Mattewal, Advocate General, Punjab; Shri H.S.Hooda, Advocate General, Haryana; the Doyen of the legal Profession- Shri H.L.Sibal; Shri R.S.Cheema, Senior Advocate; Shri Ashwani Bakshi, Advocate; Shri Lekh Raj Sharma, Secretary of the Bar Council; Shri Mrudhar Mardul, Senior Advocate; Shri G.K.Bansal, Senior Advocate and veteran of Indian Association of Lawyers- Shri Virender Sood, Senior Advocate; Shri Harbhagwan Singh, Senior Advocate; distinguished Hon'ble former Judges;  members of the legal fraternity; delegates and friends.

                             It gives me immense pleasure to inaugurate this Conference on a subject, which is of a great significance in the contemporary era. I think, it was necessary to have this Regional Conference in Chandigarh, where  delegates from Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana have assembled today. Indian Association of Lawyers is not an Association of Lawyers in the sense which is normally understood and that is the difference and significance of this organisation. Indian Association of Lawyers has got great history. The   founding fathers of the Association in the aftermath of second world war, after the defeat of fascism in  Europe,   decided to have an  organisation in order to  have a new world where there is no scope for the peace to be disturbed in times to come. It is with this mandate the Indian Association of Lawyers was founded, in India.  We had the privilege of having Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer; Justice D.A.Desai; Justice P.N.Bhagwati and late Shri Krishna Menon, all coming together on the platform of Indian Association of Lawyers.  Since then IAL has been working tirelessly in giving lead to the legal community to dedicate in the cause of dispensation of justice, as has been mandated in the Constitution of India.  Therefore, when we assemble here and discuss about the changing scenario of legal profession, we must not lost sight of the fact that  when India became free, the population of India was 360 millions. Today, we are a country over a billion people but, at the same time, we got 300 millions people living below poverty line, after 57 years of our independence. The Preamble of the Constitution, Directive Principles of the Constitution and the Father of the Nation conceived of a nation where there should not be poverty because if we have poverty and illiteracy still persisting, then freedom is not complete. We wanted freedom from hunger and exploitation.  The time has come that Indian Lawyers and  Judges have to really find out that in a  globalised economy and  free economy, social justice should not become a casualty.   Last year, there was a Conference of International Law  Association at Toronto, Canada, there I posed a question before international community of lawyers that why there are restrictions in service sector of the human resource of a country. If Indian IT Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Chartered Accountants or other professional or other  skilled workers are competent enough to have services in other countries, then why there is a barrier and  restrictions on free flow of human resources under a globalised economy system. Why one country is to be preferred from a  particular part of the world and not other countries, which have got surplus manpower in that filed.   You must have gone through what had happened in England with regard to the Indian doctors. Under certain laws, their visas were not extended not because they were not competent but on the plea that the doctors from European Union will fill the jobs and not immigrant Indian doctors.  I am of the firm belief that  Haryana and Punjab are going to be the destination in the coming  decade in this country from the point of view of investment. With the advancement of economy with multi-national corporations making their headquarters in a big way in Gurgaon; Chandigarh; Mohali, Ludhiana; Amritsar and  Faridabad, what will the scenario after 10 years you have to understand and for that it is necessary that lawyers of these States must try to visualise that era of  Cyber crimes multinational agreements involving intricate question of jurisdiction and dispute redressal mechanism will take place,  we have to compete not only with the lawyers who will be coming from Bombay or Delhi, but also with the lawyers from outside the world and it is in this context, when changing  scenario takes place, you have to prepare to face this new challenges by understanding the advanced tools used by others in the field of arbitration, mediation and conciliation as well as new methodology of adjudication in view of rapid growth of information technology. At the same time, national interest and the interest of the Indian economy cannot be lost sight of. I had a chance to speak in the meeting when Stock Exchange at Cochi invited me in December, 2006 with regard to the clauses conferring jurisdiction in the contracts entered into between the Indian party with the foreign party. The question posed to me was that the cost of litigation in view of the jurisdiction conferred in a foreign court either in USA or in Europe is much higher.  I  told that at the time of entering a contract, the same is done either by the owner or the person competent to enter into such contract without realising its implication because the Indian entrepreneur feel at that stage that they cannot dictate the terms regarding jurisdiction. One should not loose sight of the fact that no entrepreneur comes from outside because of the love for India. It is the economic viability or the kind of profit which one would garner from entering such contract which is the basic mediation for entering into a contract and it is at that stage that the clause conferring jurisdiction should be carefully chosen so as to have the Indian Courts and Indian institutions of arbitration to adjudicate the dispute between the parties.

                    There is yet another area which I would like to mention, i.e., Direct Foreign Investment.  In spite of 20 years debate,  international deliberations in this regard international community has not yet finalised the definition of Foreign Direct Investment because its definition  changes from country to country. Suppose, you invest two billions dollars in India in the stock market and after two days takes out  four  billions out of stock market. Is it F.D.I. ?. Is it beneficial for our people? Whether it generates employment? Whether it generates  infrastructure in the country? All  the issues are to be addressed by the lawyers, jurists and Judges. I do not like to delve much, as rightly said by Mr.Cheema that there will be brain storming issues which you will be discussing in the Conference for two days, i.e., the role of lawyers, the role of Judges and the role of profession.

                    With these words, I welcome you all in this beautiful city with whom I have fallen in love. I am sure that the Reception Committee and the Organising Committee must have taken care of all of you of  providing you with all the necessary facilities.

                    I deem it a privilege to open and inaugurate this Conference.