Sunday, 2 August 2015

My petition in the Supreme Court challenging the resolutions of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha condemning me for my statements on Gandhi and Bose will be heard tomorrow ( Monday ) before a bench of Justices Thakur, Gopala Gowda and Bhanumathi. It is at serial number 9 in tomorrow's list.
 My senior lawyer is Mr. Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General of India, and my advocate on record is Mr. Shadan Farasat ( mobile number 9818009824 ). I have taken Shadan's permission to post his mobile number on fb, so that any one, including mediapersons, wanting details, may contact him

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Bal Gangadhar Tilak ( 23.7.1856-1.8.1920)
 Today is the death anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, whom many have hailed as a great freedom fighter of India.
 I regret I have a different opinion, and I know I will again have to face a torrent of invectives, abuses and vituperations for exressing my views. But that does not matter. The truth must be told in the national interest. The people of India have been deceived enough.
 I submit that Tilak was an obscurantist, propagandist of militant Hinduism, and therefore objectively a British agent, like Gandhi, since his ideology, statements and actions furthered the British policy of divide and rule.
Consider the facts :
1.In 1894 he transformed household worship of the Hindu god Ganesh into a grand public event in many parts of Maharashtra. The festival organizers would urge Hindus to protect cows, and boycott participation in Muharram, which they had been doing for decades..Similarly,in 1895 he organized Shivaji festivals. Thus he injected religion into politics, like Gandhi, and thereby served the British policy of divide and rule.
2.When in 1891 the British introduced the Age of Consent Bill to raise the minimum age of marriage from 10 to 12 years, Tilak strongly opposed it, saying it is against Hinduism.
3.When in late 1896 there was an epidemic of plague from Bombay to Pune, and the British authorities wanted to fumigate all houses to destroy the plague bacteria, Tilak strongly opposed it as he said it would violate purdah of Hindu women.
4. Tilak wrote obscurantist nonsensical theories like that saying that the original origin of Aryans was in the Arctic
5. After his 6 years in jail in Burma, he became an open  British stooge, supporting recruitment for the British army in the First World War,  supporting the Montague Chelmsford 'Reforms', 1919 etc
  Tilak's supporters cite his statement 'Swaraj '( freedom) is my birthright, and I will have it ', and they  say that if he was a British agent why did the British keep him in jail ?
 My answer is : I have called him and Gandhi as objectively British agents, not subjectively. By the term 'objectively' I mean that he may not be getting any payment from the British, and may not even be conscious of the fact that he is serving British interests, but objectively his deeds and statements served British interests..
 Gandhi was also kept in jail by the British, though he was objectively a British agent. Though normally both Gandhi and Tilak served British interests, sometimes they said things which alarmed the British, e.g. Gandhi's call for Quit India when the British were fighting a life and death struggle against the Germans during the Second World War, or when Tilak issued strong ststements supporting Praful Chaki and Khudiram Bose who had thrown bombs on some Britishers. It was then that they were imprisoned by the Britishers..
How to resolve the Parliament logjam
Logjam in Indian Parliament continued for the second week. Consequently no business could be transacted.
I would like to suggest a method to 'Honble' Members which would surely unite them, and thus break the logjam.
Some members should take a print out of my facebook post and blog in which I said that a Cromwell may be coming with his soldiers to Parliament and throw the members out. This printout should be flaunted inside Parliament ( just as the printout of my blog calling Gandhi a British agent and Subhas Chandra Bose a Japanese agent was flaunted in the Houses in March ), and a resolution should be passed ( as it was done in March ) condemning me.
 Or better still, I should be punished for contempt of the Houses and breach of privilege or whatever, and sent to a lunatic asylum under the Indian Lunatics Act, after ordering my ears to be cut off and my cheeks branded with the letters ''S.L.'' ( seditious libeller ) as was done to William Prynne in England in the 17th century ( see online ).
 Hari Om
P.S.
I am reposting the post in question below

On 20th April 1653 Oliver Cromwell entered the British Parliament with his soldiers and said to the Members assembled there :

" It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice.
Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes, have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone!
So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.
You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go! "

The soldiers then made the MPs get out of the Assembly hall, and locked it up.

I wonder whether the Indian Houses of Parliament are heading for the same fate.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Guru Purnima


 Today, 31st July, is Guru Purnima

My advice to youth is : while ordinarily respect should be given to gurus, one must not blindly accept whatever they teach. You should also study the subject and use your own head and critically examine whether what the guru has taught is correct.

 While many teachers in our schools, colleges, universities and Institutes are indeed learned and competent, others are not, and were probably appointed for extraneous considerations. Such incompetent teachers treat teaching as any other job for filling their stomachs. Many of them hardly know their subject, so what will they teach ? In fact they may do do great harm to students.

 I remember when I was a student of philosophy  in Allahabad University ( from 1963-1965 ) my teachers taught me that the difference between the 6 classical systems of Indian philosophy, or shatdarshan,  viz. Nyaya, Vaisheshik, Sankhya, Yoga, Purva Mimansa and Uttar Mimansa ( Vedanta ), and the 3 non classical ones, viz. Buddhism, Jainism and Charvak, was that the former rely on the authority of the Vedas while the latter do not.

 But when I had passed out of the University and did my ''svadhyaya'' I came to know that what my teachers had taught me was not correct.. The first 4 of the 6 classical systems, viz. Nyaya, Vaisheshik, Sankhya and Yoga, do not rely on the authority of the Vedas. It is only the last two, viz. Purva Mimansa and Uttar Mimansa which rely on the authority of the Vedas, the Purva Mimansa, placing emphasis on the Brahman part of the Vedas ( which lay down the method of performing the various Vedic yagyas ), while the Uttar Mimansa ( or Vedanta ) placing emphasis on the Upanishad part of the Vedas.

 I may also add that when I was a Judge in Allahabad High Court ( 1991-2004) several cases came before me of Principals or teachers in schools or colleges in U.P. facing criminal charges of having embezzled the school or college building funds, scholarship funds, etc. Many teachers hardly come to their institution for teaching, while drawing their full salary from there, and spend most of their time running coaching classes at home or elsewhere.charging heavy fees. Only students who attend the coaching class will be given good marks.
 Can such teachers be respected ?

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Petition against Indian Parliament

I had filed a writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution before the Supreme Court challenging the resolutions of both Houses of Parliament condemning me for my statements against Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose. I had in my blog ( see justicekatju.blogspot.in ) called Gandhi objectively a British agent, and Bose a Japanese agent.

 The writ petition is listed for admission hearing on Monday, 3rd August at serial number 9 in Court number 3, the Judges being Justices Thakur, Gopala Gowda and Bhanumathi. My senior lawyer is Mr. Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General of India, and my advocate on record is Mr.Shadan Farasat ( mobile 9818009824 ). Shadan holds a degree of Master in Law from Harvard University.

 The main points in my petition are (1) natural justice requires that no one should be condemned unheard, but the resolutions of Parliament were hurriedly passed without giving me a hearing (2) I have the right to express my views as freedom of speech is a fundamental right.guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, and (3) the resolutions affect my reputation, which has been held by the Supreme Court to be part of Article 21 of the Constitution.

 Let us see what happens.

Indian society has been largely communalized.

Indian society has been largely communalized. My guess is that today 80-90% Hindus are communal ( i.e.anti Muslim ) and 80-90% Muslims are also communal.

 I am informed that the communal virus has even spread to many parts of rural India.

 In the Yakub Memon episode the Hindus largely wanted him hanged, while Muslims wanted him not hanged.

  I was of the opinion that the evidence against him was very weak, and hence his conviction was wrong, This no doubt has made me very unpopular among most Hindus, who constitute about 80% of our population. So I am isolated from the majority of my own countrymen.

 But that does not matter. I am not a popularity seeker. One is often isolated in life when one takes an unpopular stand, as I have often done.. The important thing is that the stand should be correct.

Hang him for his bad verses


Living in a crowd of buffoons, is extremely dangerous. The crowd has a mob mentality, like the Roman mob in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and is often bloodthirsty .
 When Mark Antony incited the mob against Caesar’s murderers, the mob went around seeking them ( see Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'Act 3 Scene 3 )
They caught hold of a poet called Cinna, who was different from Cinna the conspirator, and although he kept protesting that he was Cinna the poet, and not Cinna the conspirator, they lynched him saying, “Hang him for his bad verses.”

Third Citizen
Your name, sir, truly.
CINNA THE POET
Truly, my name is Cinna.
First Citizen
Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator.
CINNA THE POET
I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.
Fourth Citizen
Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses.
CINNA THE POET
I am not Cinna the conspirator.
Fourth Citizen
It is no matter, his name's Cinna; pluck but his
name out of his heart, and turn him going.
Third Citizen
Tear him, tear him! Come, brands ho! fire-brands:
to Brutus', to Cassius'; burn all: some to Decius'
house, and some to Casca's; some to Ligarius': away, go!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

On News X

Appearing on newsx channel today, Wednesday 29th July with Soli Sorabji at 9 p.m. regarding Yakub Memon's death sentence.
 I will speak what I believe to be the truth, knowing that many people will abuse me as a supporter of terrorists, Muslim appeaser, apologist for mass murderers, etc and brand me as anti-national.
That does not bother me. I have often said things knowing that initially that will make me very unpopular. But I am not a popularity seeker.I say what I believe to be in the national interest. And I am confident that if what I say is true, after some time many persons who initially condemned me will later realize that what I was saying was correct. There is great power in truth.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 Dr. Kalam, who died yesterday, set the highest standards of public life in India.
When he was President of India, he insisted on paying from his own pocket the travel, food and other expenses of his relatives and friends who stayed in Rashtrapati Bhawan, since they were his private guests.

  Whenever a name was recommended to him for appointment of a Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court he would get a secret enquiry made about the person, and if anything adverse was found he would return the file to the government with his objections. He also returned some bills passed by Parliament which he thought were unconstitutional.

 This made him unpopular with the UPA government, which refused to give him a second term as President, and instead chose Pratibha Patil, who was a rubber stamp.

 When I was Chief Justice of Madras High Court I went to Rameshwarm, his home town. I visited his home, and was received by his elder brother. The house was a simple cottage of a few rooms, with no ornamentation whatsoever. I thought that if it would have been another President, the house would have become a palace by now.

 Even after retirement he continued teaching students, which was his passion.
 He was Chief Guest at the Pongal-Sankranti Day which was a function organized a few years ago at my residence, whose picture you can see on my facebook page

Monday, 27 July 2015

Have no hope for Yakub Memon


Many people are pinning hope in some relief to Yakub Memon by the Supreme Court today, but I have no such hope. The petition will certainly be dismissed by the Supreme Court.
 The President of India has already rejected his  mercy petition earlier ,and will almost certainly reject it again, if any is filed.

 So Yakub Memon, whom I believe to be innocent ( for the reasons given in my earlier posts ), is almost certain to be hanged on 30th July.

 In the communalized atmosphere prevailing in the country today, the bloodlust in a large section of the majority community against the minority, is very strong