Bengaluru, Feb 23: Former chairman of Press Council of India Markandey Katju has given call for the second struggle for independence in India.
Katju, who is also a former judge of the Supreme Court recently said in his blog that the political rights and civil liberties won by the first struggle for independence that culminated in the freedom on August 15, 1947, have proved to be inadequate and "unchecked corporate power, massive deprivations and inequalities, widespread poverty, growing social insecurity, and lack of decent education, healthcare and housing for our masses" are being witnessed.
He also said in his blog the current Constitution of the country has exhausted itself and in such a situation, constitutional democracy looks impossible.
"A person on the subsistence level, as a vast majority of Indians are, can hardly make any effective use of his civil and political rights, as he cannot participate in anything even remotely equal to the rich in the polity of the nation in view of the savage economic inequalities prevailing in India today.."
Katju recalled late US president Franklin Roosevelt who in January 1944, hade called for a Second Bill of Rights in the US Constitution for he thought that the original Bill of Rights had become obsolete and no more catered to the new needs of the American society.