Katju says Dravidians were immigrants to India: See all his controversial statements

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Bangalore, Aug 9: Press Council of India Chairman Markadey Katju has never missed any chance to grab media headlines.

In the latest, Katju said that contrary to the popular belief that Dravidians are the original inhabitants of India,  both the Aryans and Dravidians were immigrants to the country.

Katju also claimed that the spirit of Sanskrit is the factor that unites India.

Who is Markandey Katju?

Katju, a former Supreme Court judge, is the chairman of Press Council of India.

Previously, he had served as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Madras High Court and as acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. 

Katju's controversial statements in the past

• In April 2012, in an Indian Express article, Markandey Katju said that 90% of Indians are fools, 90% believe in astrology and 80 percent Hindus and 80 percent Muslims are communal. 

• In 2012, Katju criticised the admirers of India-born author Salman Rushdie who is based in Britain, saying they suffered from "colonial inferiority complex".

• Katju accused Mamata Banerjee of being "totally dictatorial, intolerant and whimsical" after she arrested a man who asked her a question during a rally.

• In 2013, at a press meet in Hyderabad, Katju called Pakistan a 'fake country'. 

• Katju also said that the only solution to the Kashmir problem is reunification of India and Pakistan under a strong and "modern-minded" government which will not tolerate bigotry.

• In 2013, in an opinion piece, which appeared in The Hindu on Friday, Katju criticized Narendra Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat over Gujarat riots. 

• The opinion piece earned him the wrath of Arun Jaitley, then opposition leader in Rajya Sabha who called for his resignation.

• Katju in 2013 requested the Governor to pardon actor Sanjay Dutt on humanitarian reasons

• Katju wrote on his blog in 2014 that in 2004, a corrupt judge in Madras high court was given an extension and later a permanent post due to strong political backing from UPA government.

Extension as PCI chief

Recently, it was reported that Katju was unlikely to get an extension as Press Council India chairman as the Prime Minister's Office is not keen on extending Katju's term. 

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