Lucknow, Dec 10: Now, this is something Justice Markandey Katju must not have envisioned in his worst of dreams. Two students from Lucknow have sent a legal notice to Press Council of India Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju for his "hurtful" comment at a seminar last week. Katju had said in the seminar that "90% of Indians are idiots".
Law student Tanaya Thakur and her brother, Aditya Thakur, a class IX student from Lucknow have sent a notice to Justice Katju. The siblings feel that Justice Katju's comments are "hurtful".
"We are deeply hurt and humiliated by Justice Katju's words," said the students. They further added that Justice Katju's comment would "depreciate the reputation of India and its citizens".
"A person of Justice Katju's stature should have deliberated on the implications of his statement," said the students.
"I say ninety per cent of Indians are idiots. You people don't have brains in your heads... It is so easy to take you for a ride," he said at a seminar.
He said that a communal riot could be incited in Delhi for a meagre Rs 2,000. He had also said that people can be easily misled by making mischievous elements in the name of religion.
"You mad people will start fighting amongst yourself not realising that some agent provocateur is behind this," he said.
Katju said that before 1857 there was no communalism in the country but the situation was different now.
"Today, 80% Hindus are communal and 80% Muslims are communal. This is the harsh truth, bitter truth that I am telling you. How is it that in 150 years you have gone backwards instead of moving forward because the English kept injecting poison," Katju said. "The policy that emanated from London after the mutiny in 1857 that there is only one way to control this country that is to make Hindus and Muslims fight each other," he said.
He said that then there was propaganda that Hindi was the language of Hindus and Urdu of Muslims. "Our ancestors also studied Urdu, but it is so easy to fool you. You are idiots so how difficult is it to make an idiot of you," Katju said.
Katju said that he was saying these harsh things to make Indians, whom he loved, understand the whole game and not remain fools.