Ignoramus Katju Opens Mouth About Hindi

By: Parmanand Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court (Secretary General IPC)

Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India, is a well- known megalomaniac. One often wonders how a person of such deranged mental faculties managed to become the judge of the High Court and then got elevated to the Supreme Court.? As a judge of the Supreme Court, everybody used to laugh at his idiotic comments. He has not delivered any judgement, which could be said to be a landmark and have any citationary value.

Anyway, after his retirement, he managed to become the Chairman of the Press Council of India and always tried to browbeat the members as if he was still a judge of the Supreme Court.
On one occasion he is reported to have said that most of the journalists were fools. He has had the same opinion about politicians as well. On another occasion, he came out with an outlandish statement that majority of Indians were idiots.

He boasts that he has been a voracious reader and a book worm, which he certainly is. But it is equally true that he lacks his own mind. He is often found to be giving simplistic solutions to the problems that people laugh at him. In law, he will frequently quote Jeremy Bentham, JS Mill, Roscoe Pound, HLA Hart etc. to impress upon others.

His idiocies are innumerable. He will lecture on secularism, tried to prove Neta ji Subhash Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi as the agents of the Britishers. He comes out with his hair-brained idea of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh again becoming one country.

This shameless man says that he is a Kashmiri Brahmin but takes proud of being a beef eater.

Now he is said to have written a blog in which he has opined that Hindi has no ‘Dum’ to compete with Urdu. This halfwit has no understanding of Hindi, although he comes from Prayagraj, which has been the hub of Hindi language and literature. This shows that this imbecile has not read Hindi books at all and to prove his point, like a dolt, he translated any couplet of Faiz Ahmed Faiz into Hindi and jumps like a moron to exclaim that look how inferior Hindi is to Urdu.

Our intention is not to compare Hindi with Urdu, but the undeniable fact is that Hindi is miles ahead of Urdu. It appears that he has not read Prem Chand, Bhagawati Charan Verma, Yashpal, Rangeya Raghav, Ram Dhari Singh Dinkar, Ram Chandra Shukl, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Jai Shankar Prasad  Maithili Sharan Gupt, Surya Kant  Tripathi Nirala, Sumitra Nandan Pant, Maha Devi Verma and score of others, what to say of Tulasi Das, the tallest amongst the tall.

While Urdu still remains a language of Shaireees (poems) and stories; Hindi has developed into a formidable language of science, technology, commerce, trade, law, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, literature, music and art etc. It has inexhaustible support of Sanskrit and innumerable dialects but those who are blinds they cannot see the reality. The day is not far away when Hindi will become the most popular and developed language of the world.

But even then, the nincompoops like Markandeya Katju will not be able to see the reality. But again, that is not the drawback of the great Hindi, but the fault lies in persons like Katju.

Why You Should Stand up for Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi

1 of 2: By: R. Veera Raghavan, Advocate, Chennai

You know the latest Indian high functionary who faces allegations of sexual misconduct – it doesn’t get bigger than this, at least for now. He is the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi who is accused of sexual harassment by a former woman employee of the supreme court.

Denying the allegations, the Chief Justice wondered whether a ‘bigger force’ might be at work to “deactivate the office of the Chief Justice of India” and he regretted that “things have gone too far”. You would empathise with him if you sniff the air over India’s public life and sense your conscience, keeping aside any lawyerly instincts in you.

True, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi did not quite realise an earlier attempt to denigrate the office he now holds, when Justice Dipak Misra was his predecessor Chief Justice in the same court. That was in Jan. 2018 when Justice Gogoi, as the next CJI in line, joined three other sitting judges of the supreme court to call a press conference and voice their grievance publicly against Chief Justice Dipak Misra on administrative issues. Doing that was a blatant indiscretion for a judge, apart from anything more as it could be. If you faulted Justice Gogoi for such indiscretion you did it for a higher cause – to cherish the independence and dignity of the office of India’s Chief Justice. It is that higher cause that tells you now to back him and help him stand tall and uphold the prestige of his present office as Chief Justice of India.

It should have been really hard for Justice Ranjan Gogoi to live down his image in the backdrop of that infamous press meet and then, after he became CJI, establish himself as an upright no-nonsense non-partisan head of the nation’s judiciary, clearing any lurking doubts on the way. It is a transformation for the good, and now he needs and deserves our support.

When Chief Justice Dipak Misra headed the supreme court, surely a ‘bigger force’ was at work against him. That was a desperate political force that tried to get him impeached but failed. Don’t be surprised if the same political force has grown more desperate and is turning against the current Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who has been straightforward and has given clear signs of independence. No marks for answering this no-brainer: which political party as of today will be most troubled by an independent chief justice leading the supreme court, and so it could be behind or alongside any move to shame and intimidate him? You’ll get it right – though you may say it or hide it depending on your political affiliation and how clean you keep your conscience.

Some clever lawyers and their tutored political clients might ask with a chuckle, “What’s the proof for the ‘bigger force’ Chief Justice Gogoi suspects?” Well, the bigger force that rooted for Justice Ranjan Gogoi before his elevation as Chief Justice of India and applauded his joint press conference against the previous Chief Justice, does not stand with him now. That force cannot remain aloof or silent, and the only thing it should be doing now is this: work against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, because after his elevation as the top most judge he has belied some expectations and he functions fairly and independently.

Remember the unforgettable Justice Kurian Joseph? He was one of the four sitting judges of the supreme court who appeared at their joint press meet against the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Quickly after his retirement, Kurian Joseph was interviewed on television and by newspapers when he dropped a bombshell. He said that he and the other three press-conference judges, as also many other unnamed brother judges and the media too, had perceived that Chief Justice Dipak Misra was under some external influence and was losing his independence. In the same breath, Kurian Joseph said with a straight face that he or anybody else could not identify that external influence and could only perceive its presence. Did any of the other sources Kurian Joseph claimed as sharing his perception on Chief Justice Dipak Misra come out to confirm his assertion? No.

Through his post-retirement interviews, did Kurian Joseph severely assault the dignity of the leader of India’s judiciary? Absolutely. Did he furnish any scrap of proof? Nothing, as he owned up.  Was he, for what he expressed, in contempt of the supreme court? Yes – he was just lucky not to be tried for contempt. Did television channels and newspapers, and other prominent lawyers and critics who fault Chief Justice Gogoi at this moment, criticise Kurian Joseph at that time for his vague and flimsy allegation against Chief Justice Dipak Misra? No, not at all. Now, don’t you see who the chief actors are in the ‘bigger force’ Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi spoke about as a real threat to an independent judiciary? India should beware, or pay a heavy price.

Let’s also remember that with right objectives we have made some wrong laws, conferring excessive rights on some groups of persons and resulting in excessive disabilities on another group of persons.  We don’t find any significant betterment or upliftment of the group that is given such excessive rights, but we see some mischief makers among that group uncontrollably abuse their special rights and torment their victims. One such law gives excessive rights to women, enabling them to name a man with an allegation of the widely-defined ‘rape’ or related offences but restraining all from revealing her name and identity.  Any sexual offender should be severely punished.  But there is no justification for leaving an open field for tormenting innocent men or keeping men in fear of being named and shamed – for as long as it goes – by mischievous women who could remain anonymous or by any ‘bigger force’ partnering with such a woman to intimidate a man who doesn’t yield to that force.

Many men would  wish they don’t  work closely with women at offices and risk false charges of any kind of sexual harassment coming at them later to settle personal scores. This is truer with men supervising women in the workplace since anybody likes to go around, not near, a suspected pitfall. Even a judge, even the Chief Justice of India, has to watch out. This is due to the nature of ordinary humans in any country, race or religion, to abuse a benefit or advantage and score over others if there is no effective check.  There is no gender bias in this view.

If you read the complaint of the former woman employee of the supreme court, you’ll find that the offence she details and describes comes close to the legal definition for the offence of rape though she has not used that term.  That’s why the media – in compliance with a perceived legal prohibition – has not published the accuser’s name, but anyone is free to mention the name of CJI Ranjan Gogoi. If you, whether a man or woman, feel he has been falsely and maliciously accused, you cannot know the identity of the dubious complainant even if you just wish to curse her for her motive. The offence allegedly took place in October 2018, the complainant later faced a departmental enquiry on some unrelated charges and she was dismissed from the supreme court in December 2018. Now, on 19th April 2019, she has come out with a sexual harassment charge against the CJI.

As Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi remarked, “things have gone too far”. And so, the complaint against him has to be prudently handled.  But surely the time has come to insulate all judges of the supreme court, as long as they are in office, from any criminal proceeding. Like the President and Governor of a State have such protection, judges of the supreme court need it for more weighty reasons. When some thirty Governors of our States, who are mostly retired politicians, are kept out of any criminal prosecution with no harm occurring to anyone, do it for all supreme court judges too.

As we should take care in the selection of upright independent judges to the supreme court, they should not also be left vulnerable to easy threats of blackmail and intimidation when they are in office. We need a sensible balancing of the public interest, and we should fashion our laws accordingly. After all, we know what some nasty politicians and cunning businessmen are capable of, and to what lengths they may go, to subdue a judge who may be the last hurdle on their mad run. Let’s not be fake and pretentious. Let’s be real and honest.

(Note: This article is borrowed with thanks from HERE)

Copyright R. Veera Raghavan

2 of 2: By: Shreepal Singh

It was said a long time ago – exactly in 1993. And in the efforts to destablize Indian judiciary – first reflected in the holding of a Press Conference against the Chief Justice of India (Justice Deepak Mishra) and again reflected in the allegation of sexual assault on a woman employee by the Chief Justice of India (Justice Ranjan Gogoi) now – it has come true. It was almost a prediction based on commonsense. It was – then – said that the corrupt money generated by economic liberalization “without imposing an iron-discipline of an enlightened life and its values” would step by step destroy all organs of Indian democratic institutions.

The exact words used – linked to the original writing – are thus:

They felt that the money power generated by such economic liberalization would percolate down step by step to a large number of middle and higher sections of the Indian society, which sections in turn, with the help of their money power, would eat away the purity of all democratic institutions of national governance, viz., political parties, Parliament, judiciary, bureaucracy etc. It was the foreboding of a coming corrupt India.

India must help Sri Lanka in Crushing Fangs of Terrorism

By: Parmanand Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court (Secretary General IPC)

The horrific terrorist attacks in many Hotels and Churches of the small but beautiful island country of Sri Lanka have left almost every Indian dazed and shell-shocked. Our country has seen innumerable serial blasts in temples, educational institutions, bazars and other public places. Not long ago, every Indian used to avoid going even to Railway, Bus stations or other crowded places, unless it was very necessary, for fear of bomb blasts. Thanks to the present Central Government of Modi that terrorists have largely been cornered. One can find the watchful eyes of the security forces that deter the terrorists from hitting their targets. The public has now become more awakened, the use of modern technology like CCTV cameras has also helped in tackling terrorism.

But as they say, no amount of security, howsoever and vigilant and strict, can prevent the determined terrorist attacks. And that is what has exactly happened in Sri Lanka, where one terrorist in a hotel was found to be a suicide bomber.

Therefore, unless and until the genesis of terrorism is eradicated, it will be difficult to fully root it out.

Terrorism is not a law and order problem; it is an ideological toxic. So, it must be detoxified on the one hand, and the terror of the security forces must be struck in the hearts of terrorists or budding terrorists. They must be made mortally afraid that if they hit, then they will be hit with more force and will not go unpunished. In Sanskrit, it is called ‘shathe shathyam samacharet’ (a rogue should be dealt with roguery).

The Northern and Eastern part of Sri Lanka, which was practically cut off from the rest of the country due to terrorism could be brought back to mainstream mainly due to the ‘tit for tat tactics’ adopted by her.

However, there is a difference between the previous terrorist attacks and the present one. The previous Tamil terrorists were getting support from a very tiny section of Tamils in India and their replenishment was totally strangulated by the tough policies of India. But this one is a part of Islamic terrorism, which has made the lives of the people across the world a virtual hell. Therefore, it has to be dealt with an iron hand with the support of the international communities.

In the last two and half decades, radical Islam has spread very fast, mainly in eastern Sri Lanka. These Islamic clergies and forces have taken full advantage of the unrest of many years in Sri Lanka. Some 28 years ago, when I visited Sri Lanka for the first time, I had found not many mosques and Islamic seminaries or madrasas but now their number has increased beyond all proportions. Only two years back I had met a large number of Urdu speaking Muslims in eastern Sri Lanka. I asked them out of curiosity as to where they learnt Urdu, they told me in the Gulf countries, they learnt it from Indians and Pakistanis. The Gulf money is being poured to build mosques and madrassas, which is also responsible for the radicalization of Islamic boys.

Sri Lankans are peaceful by nature and the influence of Buddhism has made most of the Singhalese very docile and unobtrusive. Most of them are profiles in courtesy.

It is in the interest of India that Peace must prevail in Sri Lanka so that she develops much faster. While the whole country is solidly behind the people of Sri Lanka, the Government of India must ensure that all help is extended to her in effectively and stringently dealing with the menace of terrorism, which is again raising its fangs in a different but dangerous manifestation.

Anti-India Propaganda in Toronto Mosque

     By: Udit Shah

On 6th April 2019 there were hate speeches delivered against India at Noor Cultural Center in Toronto. They were delivered under an appealing catch phrase titled ” Persecution of Dalits and Muslims in India”. Several people spoke there but notable among them was Professor Jangam. Here is my response to their hate mongering against India.

A liberal columnist and a thinker from Saudi Arabia, Khalaf Al-Harbi whose views and objective columns on numerous issues are a big hit and widely discussed across the world, praises India describing it as the most tolerant nation in the whole world in the latest file Saudi Gazette as reported by Mariam on 15 June 2017.

She continues: In his file titled ‘India — A country that rides elephants’, Khalaf Al Harbi writes:

“In India, there are more than 100 religions and more than 100 languages. Yet, the people live in peace and harmony. All the Indians have joined hands to build a strong nation that can produce everything from a sewing needle to a rocket. He says that he feels bit jealous as he comes from a part of the world which has one religion and one language and yet there is killing everywhere. No matter how other countries speaks, India remains the oldest and the most important country to teach tolerance, peace and coexistence regardless of the religious, social, political or ethnical differences.”
(Ref: https://medium.com/@mahejabeen395/famous-columnist-on-why-india-is-the-most-tolerant-nation-in-the-world-fdf72e26cf46)

This one article is perhaps more than adequate as my response to the Hinduphobic battery of the speakers assembled at Noor Cultural Center – better, a mosque – in Toronto to bash Hindus and India.

However, I would give them more than they can handle.

Some initial speakers and some of the videos that were shown there spoke in one voice about suppression of freedom of speech, oppression of minorities as well as lynching of Muslims at the hands of Hindus in India under Modi regime. All the voices were attacking the new regime of Modi as if prior to that, India never saw any communal clashes and violence, which made it obvious that they had an agenda of delivering “Hate Speeches”.

Part One (Refers to the initial speakers and video clips): Let us look at this couple of reports that nail their lies hard.

(Ref: https://www.pgurus.com/is-the-west-looking-at-modi-through-indias-left-liberal-lens/)

Communal mob violence and lynching in India did not start in 2014 when Modi came to power. A 2017 article on this on huffingtonpost.com “Can Data Tell Us Whether Lynchings Have Gone Up Under Modi, And Should It Matter?“ specifically looked at much work done on this by many in journalism and academia. These types of incidents have been perpetrated by both Hindu and Muslim communities. Most importantly, they did not start under Modi. Just using google one can find at least a dozen such incidents that occurred in 2013 alone reported by various news organizations. While each and every one of these incidents is of grave concern to all those who believe in human rights, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that the Modi government has done something that led to such incidents or an increase in their number. There are many individuals who have made incendiary statements from all different parties. However, selectively citing incidents based on the killing of cows, sacred to Hindus, and statements made by only members of the ruling party and presenting that as evidence of their “Hindutva Agenda” while turning a blind eye to all the other incidents which are equally condemnable is simply being disingenuous.

In fact, it is this selective criticism by media powerhouses that lead to polarization in societies and reduces their credibility.

Let us now come to the claim that Modi is suppressing freedom of speech in India. The incident most cited to support this claim is where a group of students were arrested for raising anti-India slogans in 2016 at a university. Again, what is not mentioned is what were the slogans being raised? Some of the slogans being raised were “Bharath Tere Tukde Tukde Honge, inshallah” (India you will be broken into pieces, god willing), “Bharath ki Barbadi Tak Jung Rahegi“(War will be waged till India is destroyed). After being initially arrested by police, these students were released. They are now famous and one of them is even running for elections. If the freedom of speech is being muscled, how come the people who raised these slogans are running for elections and their supporters are on television shows arguing their case almost every night. Who has stopped them from speaking and holding rallies?

There have been groups of individuals from academia, art, and show business who have campaigned against Modi even before he became the Prime Minister. This same group of people has returned awards, signed letters and petitions alleging that freedom of expression is under threat. While these are highlighted in media, what is not mentioned is that an equal, if not larger, number of people from the same fraternities have supported Modi. Most recently a group of nearly 600 artists signed a petition urging people to vote out the Modi government. In response, a group of more than 900 artists, including noted Muslims & Christians, signed another petition urging people to vote for Modi because of his secular developmental agenda and the changes he has brought in the last 5 years. Some of these changes include providing basic facilities like water and electricity. Something millions in India lacked even after 70 years of independence while the so-called secular politicians and their families have amassed massive amounts of wealth and live in large bungalows with swimming pools and own private planes.

(Ref: http://indiafacts.org/indias-cow-vigilantism-the-other-side-of-the-story/)

a. Tufail Ahmad, a prominent Muslim political commentator in his now famous article “India’s Thought Cops are Angry with Modi” writes: “Cows are not slaughtered across the Islamic world, but the reason cows are slaughtered mostly in the Indian subcontinent is because Indian Islamists introduced the practice of cow slaughter here as a challenge to Hindu religious practice of worshipping cows.”

b. Notwithstanding the constitutional provision (Directive Principles of State Policy, Article 48 of the Constitution of India which states that “The State shall endeavor to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.”), violence related to cow, legal and illegal cow slaughter, cow stealing and trafficking is not a post-2014 phenomena in India as it is made out to be. Local level cow-protection movements are fairly common in India. The 1966 movement against cow slaughter, however, was significant in terms of mass mobilization.

c. There is a need to see such protests and disturbances in a more nuanced manner. India’s culture as well as agriculture and economy have been cow-centric for several thousand years. Industrialization of agriculture and the breaking down temple culture/economy due to both State control of Hindu temples as well as changes in the socio-cultural attitude as a result of left-dominated secular education system post-independence are responsible for the current poor condition of the cows. The dwindling numbers of temple-managed gaushalas (cow shelters) that were fairly common in the past, add to the complexity of the situation.

d. Growing trade in cow meat has resulted in organized international smuggling of cattle and the failure of the state machinery to protect cattle from the gangs of petty thieves to international smugglers has added to the narrative of ‘lynchistan’.

Part Two (Refers to Prof. Jangam’s talk):

■ Prof. Jangam spoke at a length covering violence against Muslims and Dalits and some other similar topics. I respond to his main topics in an itemized manner.

He eloquently talks about Dalit-Muslim collaboration happening for the first time in the North America.

My response:

This prompts me to remind him about prominent Dalit leader of Pre-Independence era Jogendranath Mandal.

Being a very renowned historian scholar and professor and engaged in the study of Dalits, I am certain Prof. Jangham knows who Jogendranath Madal was.

At the time of India’s partition, Jogendranath Mandal supported Pakistan, made alliance with Muslim League and shunned “Hindus”, inspired Dalits not to save Hindus from being killed by the Muslims and migrated to Pakistan and became Minister of Law and Labour and within less than 3 years, after witnessing massacre of Hindu Dalits on mass scale by Pakistani Muslims, he ran away from Pakistan and came back to India. He learnt this lesson about futility of “Dalit-Muslim” unity by paying a huge price.
And, here Prof. Jangam is going gung-ho on the unity between Dalits and Muslims. The professor of history refuses to learn from history. So sad!

■ Professor Jangam castigates Hindus for the caste system. I respond to him with more facts that show we were not unique with this problem, which is, of course, not a justification for the existence of the problem, but I dare say that we are working on the problem and there is a great awareness and activism to resolve this problem.

My response:

(Ref: http://indiafacts.org/why-is-the-world-so-obsessed-with-indias-caste-system/)

a. Many will be surprised to know that under the European caste system, the lowest castes lived in terrible conditions until the 20th century. In Defiled Trade and Social Outcasts – Honour and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany, author Kathy Stewart describes social groups that were “dishonourable by virtue of their trade” in the 17th century and lists executioners, skinners, grave-diggers, shepherds, barber-surgeons, millers, linen-weavers, actors, latrine cleaners, night-watchmen and bailiffs.

b. Edward Alsworth Ross (Principles of Sociology, 1920) gives a detailed description of rigid and strict caste system of Europe and notes that it was a product of forces within the European society. He says:
“The tendency of the later [Roman] empire was to stereotype society by compelling men to follow the occupation of their fathers, and preventing a free circulation among different callings and grades of life. The man who brought the grain of Africa to the public stores of Ostia, the labourers who made it into loaves for distribution, the butchers who brought pigs from Samnium, Lucania or Bruttium, the purveyors of wine and oil, the men who fed the furnaces of the public baths, were bound to their calling from one generation to another… Every avenue of escape was closed… Men were not allowed to marry out of their guild… Not even a dispensation obtained by some means from the imperial chancery, not even the power of the Church could avail to break the bond of servitude.”

■ Prof. Jangam talks about water-tight compartments in India’s caste system.
He also compares slavery being akin to caste system. He alleges that in Modi’s regime, poor Dalits are targeted.
He refers to Manu Dharma Shastra as root cause of caste system in India.

So, here’s my response to him as under:

a. Our scriptures have never laid down any rules for nor support birth-based caste system. Shrimad Bahgwad Gita clearly mentions that the varnas are based on merits. The degeneration did enter in our society at some point in time, which has happened in all the civilizations, and then thrust on us by Lord Risley in the early 1900s who artificially created 2378 castes on the basis of nasal index, a thoroughly unscientific and irrational basis with the single aim of dividing society, just like Belgians did in Rwanda by artificially creating Hutus and Tootsies and creating enmity between them.

b. Indian constitution does not allow discrimination based on castes. It will take time to bring the entire society on an even keel, but it’s happening. The previous Govt. of 60 years never allowed the poor and downtrodden to get the benefits of the progress and never cared for educating them as they knew that education will bring awareness and that will destroy their vote-banks.

c. Modi has taken serious steps to end the perceived caste-based discrimination by taking steps to make reservation for people on the basis for their economical condition.

■ About Brahmin supremacy, it is better he understands that today, the true Dalits of India are Brahmins, who are most under-privileged and actually deprived, much more than Dalits.

My response:

Please read this report by Francois Gauthier : (https://www.rediff.com/news/2006/may/23franc.html)

a. There are 50 Sulabh Shauchalayas (public toilets) in Delhi; all of them are cleaned and looked after by Brahmins (this very welcome public institution was started by a Brahmin). A far cry from the elitist image that Brahmins have!

b. There are five to six Brahmins manning each Shauchalaya. They came to Delhi eight to ten years back looking for a source of income, as they were a minority in most of their villages, where Dalits are in majority (60 per cent to 65 per cent). In most villages in UP and Bihar, Dalits have a union which helps them secure jobs in villages.

c. Did you know that you also stumble upon a number of Brahmins working as coolies at Delhi’s railway stations? One of them, Kripa Shankar Sharma, says while his daughter is doing her Bachelors in Science he is not sure if she will secure a job. “Dalits often have five to six kids, but they are confident of placing them easily and well,” he says. As a result, the Dalit population is increasing in villages. He adds: “Dalits are provided with housing, even their pigs have spaces; whereas there is no provision for gaushalas (cowsheds) for the cows of the Brahmins.”

d. You also find Brahmin rickshaw pullers in Delhi. 50 per cent of Patel Nagar’s rickshaw pullers are Brahmins who like their brethren have moved to the city looking for jobs for lack of employment opportunities and poor education in their villages.

e. Even after toiling the whole day, Vijay Pratap and Sidharth Tiwari, two Brahmin rickshaw pullers, say they are hardly able to make ends meet. These men make about Rs 100 to Rs 150 on an average every day from which they pay a daily rent of Rs 25 for their rickshaws and Rs 500 to Rs 600 towards the rent of their rooms which is shared by 3 to 4 people or their families.

f. Did you also know that most rickshaw pullers in Banaras are Brahmins?

g. This reverse discrimination is also found in bureaucracy and politics. Most of the intellectual Brahmin Tamil class has emigrated outside Tamil Nadu. Only 5 seats out of 600 in the combined UP and Bihar assembly are held by Brahmins — the rest are in the hands of the Yadavs.

h. 400,000 Brahmins of the Kashmir valley, the once respected Kashmiri Pandits, now live as refugees in their own country, sometimes in refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi in appalling conditions. But who gives a damn about them? Their vote bank is negligible.

i. And this is not limited to the North alone. 75 per cent of domestic help and cooks in Andhra Pradesh are Brahmins. A study of the Brahmin community in a district in Andhra Pradesh (Brahmins of India by J Radhakrishna, published by Chugh Publications) reveals that today all purohits live below the poverty line.

j. Eighty per cent of those surveyed stated that their poverty and traditional style of dress and hair (tuft) had made them the butt of ridicule. Financial constraints coupled with the existing system of reservations for the ‘backward classes’ prevented them from providing secular education to their children

k. In fact, according to this study there has been an overall decline in the number of Brahmin students. With the average income of Brahmins being less than that of non-Brahmins, a high percentage of Brahmin students drop out at the intermediate level. In the 5 to 18 year age group, 44 per cent Brahmin students stopped education at the primary level and 36 per cent at the pre-matriculation level.

l. The study also found that 55 per cent of all Brahmins lived below the poverty line — below a per capita income of Rs 650 a month. Since 45 per cent of the total population of India is officially stated to be below the poverty line it follows that the percentage of destitute Brahmins is 10 per cent higher than the all-India figure.

m. There is no reason to believe that the condition of Brahmins in other parts of the country is different. In this connection, it would be revealing to quote the per capita income of various communities as stated by the Karnataka finance minister in the state assembly: Christians Rs 1,562, Vokkaligas Rs 914, Muslims Rs 794, Scheduled castes Rs 680, Scheduled Tribes Rs 577 and Brahmins Rs 537.

n. Appalling poverty compels many Brahmins to migrate to towns leading to spatial dispersal and consequent decline in their local influence and institutions. Brahmins initially turned to government jobs and modern occupations such as law and medicine. But preferential policies for the non-Brahmins have forced Brahmins to retreat in these spheres as well.

o. According to the Andhra Pradesh study, the largest percentage of Brahmins today are employed as domestic servants. The unemployment rate among them is as high as 75 per cent. Seventy percent of Brahmins are still relying on their hereditary vocation. There are hundreds of families that are surviving on just Rs 500 per month as priests in various temples (Department of Endowments statistics).

p. Priests are under tremendous difficulty today, sometimes even forced to beg for alms for survival. There are innumerable instances in which Brahmin priests who spent a lifetime studying Vedas are being ridiculed and disrespected.

q. At Tamil Nadu’s Ranganathaswamy Temple, a priest’s monthly salary is Rs 300 (Census Department studies) and a daily allowance of one measure of rice. The government staff at the same temple receive Rs 2,500 plus per month. But these facts have not modified the priests’ reputation as ‘haves’ and as ‘exploiters.’ The destitution of Hindu priests has moved none, not even the parties known for Hindu sympathy.

r. The tragedy of modern India is that the combined votes of Dalits/OBC and Muslims are enough for any government to be elected. The Congress quickly cashed in on it after Independence, but probably no other government than Sonia Gandhi’s has gone so far in shamelessly dividing Indian society for garnering votes.

s. The Indian government gives Rs 1,000 crores (Rs 10 billion) for salaries of imams in mosques and Rs 200 crores (Rs 2 billion) as Haj subsidies. But no such help is available to Brahmins and upper castes. As a result, not only the Brahmins, but also some of the other upper castes in the lower middle class are suffering in silence today, seeing the minorities slowly taking control of their majority.

■ When a member of an audience said that Ramayana was in fact written by a Dalit, Prof. Jangam retorted by saying that Ramayana was written for the elite and not for Dalit, thus not addressing the question appropriately and then adding that there are many other Ramayanas written for Dalits.

My response:

Ramayana 1.1.100 says janaśca śūdro’pi mahattvamīyāt “and may a shudra also obtain greatness”. (Nityananda Mishra).

And, truly speaking, existence of several Ramayanas cannot be called as actual Ramayanas but are only commentaries.

■  When they blast Modi for being responsible for all the ills in India, they know they are lying.

My Response:

a. Modi has been through many walks through the fire for so many years. In fact, one cannot find any politician like him the in the world today. One cannot put any corruption charge against him. His mother, other family members live in poor to lower middle class conditions having no access to the powers Modi enjoys. Through so many schemes and sincere implementation, he has changed lives for better for millions in India. India’s infrastructure has grown almost 100% more over the previous regimes with much better qualitative output. Through demonetisation and GST, tax compliance has almost doubled and number of taxpayers have almost doubled up too.

His policies have benefited all sections of the society with much more thrust on the economically weaker sections. The list is too long, but this should suffice, I guess.

b. PM Narendra Modi overtakes Donald Trump! India’s Prime Minister declared as the world’s most popular leader on Facebook

Not just on Facebook, PM Narendra Modi is very popular on several other social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram. PM Modi has 19.9 million followers on Instagram and has 46.8 million followers on Twitter.

The awards received by him in the past holds a mirror to his achievements. Zayed Medal, Seoul Peace Prize, Philip Kotler Award, UN Green Award, Grand Collar of the State of Palestine, King Abdullaziz Sash Award, Amir Abdulla Khan Award and The Order of St. Andrew are some of the awards received by PM Modi from other nations and global organizations.

Finally, I would like to add that if the organizers do not want to preach hate against anyone as claimed by them at the conclusion, they better invite those who are true representatives of the tradition as well, who do not agree with their views and not just the sold out people.

A la Martyrdom: In Re Hemant Karkare / Sadhvi Pragya

By: Parmanand Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court (Secretary General IPC)

Sadhvi Pragya is a candidate of BJP contesting for Parliament from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh state and her rival is Digvijay Singh nominated as a candidate by Congress party. Sadhvi Pragya has courted a controversy by making a statement that she was brutally tortured by the police officer named Hemant Karkare (who was then leading ATS – anti terrorist squad – team of Maharashtra police officers); that she had cursed Karkare for his illegal and inhuman treatment of her; and that as a result of her curse, Karkare was killed within few days by the bullets of Pakistani terrorists who had attacked Mumbai Taj Hotel in 2008, known as 26/11 of India. Questions have been raised by many so-called neutral intellectuals in general and by Congress quarters in particular alleging that Hemant Karkare was martyred in performing his official duty and Sadhvi Pragya has insulted his memory by making such statement.

It is perfectly possible that he might have illegally tortured a woman held under his custody and also he was killed by the terrorists – enemies of India – while performing his duty and, thus, was martyred. Both aspects may be facts and may be stated so without any undertone of sentiments.

This controversy has arisen today because Sadhvi Pragya has been fighting election against her arch rival. It may evoke sentiments from rival camps today in the matter of the estimation of the merits of Hemant Karkare. But it was not so way back in 2008 while so estimating his merits as a police officer performing his official duty. Fortunately, information technology while recording the events narrated by a person has made it possible to also record its date and time. Here is an old estimation.

This is from the blog that I wrote way back in 2008 after the Mumbai terror attack. Even at that time also Hemant Karkare’s unprofessionalism was evident. His role in combating terrorism was next to nil. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is new to politics and she cannot mask her feelings. Therefore, when she said that she had cursed Hemant Karkare, she was politically incorrect but how can you expect a person to conceal her/his agonies, when she was immeasurably tortured by an officer of Karkare’s rank. The link of the blog is given below. However, for the convenience of the readers, I am also reproducing the same:-

Has Hemant Karkare’s martyrdom gone waste?

Horrendous terrorists, attack on Mumbai’s Hotel Taj & Trident, Nariman Point and Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminal on 26/11 has left a deep scar on the psyche of the people. Innumerable questions are flying thick and fast from all four corners of the country and abroad as well. The role of the Pakistani army is despicable and stands exposed to the whole world. But what will you do for the enemies within the country and are holding high posts? While the whole nation is shocked to shell and wants to teach the befitting lesson to the perpetrators of the terrorism, there is a section in our country which wants to obfuscate the issue for the benefit of Pakistan, which is the hub centre of training for terrorists.

Now the doubts are being created as to how Maharashtra’s Anti Terrorists Squad Chief Hemant Karkare was killed along with three other brave officers. We have seen the whole host of theories coming from different quarters. If one keeps track of Pakistani media, one would be stunned to see that there is a lot of praise for the bravery of Hemant Karkare. Mind it, a section of rabidly communal media of Pakistan is unabashedly propounding a theory that 26/11 was a drama enacted and staged by Hindu Zionists in collaboration with the Indian Military. This amply demonstrates that by and large Pakistani society derives perverted pleasure in the sufferings of Indians in such types of barbarous and ghastly attacks.

Here I have a point, which I want others to consider and let me know with her or his opinion. Hemant Karkare was supposed to be a highly trained and intelligent officer. He was the chief of the ATS. He was the boss, not supposed to take orders from anybody but to give orders to other subordinate officers. A trained officer like him must be able to take quick decisions and he should have relatively better comprehension about planning, design and strategy of terrorists than of any other person. However, with all respect, I must say here that at the time of the crisis of this magnitude he could not come up to the expectations of his stature. Anybody, who had seen him in the television visuals coming in the vehicle to the place of occurrence will vouchsafe that his gait was sluggish and very uninspiring. He was looking very leisurely. After getting down from the vehicle he walked down a few paces in a un-agile manner. A constable came running to him with an old helmet and helped him wear it. He appeared to be very callous which was absolutely not befitting to the commander of the team, who was going to lead from the front. He was helped in putting on an ineffective bulletproof jacket. At that time he was not exuding any confidence. Investigation in peacetime is altogether ball game, which cannot, rpt. cannot be followed in at the time of action that too, when it was a war like situation. He had gone there without any planning, it appeared from the footage of the channels as if he was going for a walk at the marine drive.

Why did he go to the hospital? Why he took three other senior officers along in the vehicle is really baffling. It is difficult to find any convincing answer to it. But one can certainly come to a conclusion that he was not mentally geared up to take up such a challenging task. Otherwise, an officer of his stature would not have done his job in such an amateurish and sluggish manner, as he did. Now if the persons, like Antulay, who have been responsible for the rise of drug peddling and other nefarious activities in Mumbai during his ministership and Chief Ministership are demanding that the death of Hemant Karkare should be probed to find out the reality, one should read their intentions. They are not interested in knowing the truth but they just want to give a handle to the forces that are inimical to India.

To link the death of Karkare with that of Malegoan probe is not only far-fetched but it also shows how far the fertile mind of these people can travel to muddle the real issue. At a time when the whole world is convinced on the basis of foolproof evidence that the terrorism is flourishing in Pakistan with the active support of the ISI and most of the terrorist activities against India are aided and abetted even acted by the Pakistani army any attempt to create diversion tantamount to betrayal with the country. Therefore, the theory of linking the death of Karkare with that of the Malegaon probe should not be taken lightly; such elements should be watched and weeded out. As far as Antulay is concerned, he should have, if he has any sense of shame, resigned from the post of a Union cabinet minister or else, the Prime minister should have sacked him as he is providing anti-India fodder to Pakistan by virtue of the post he holds in the Government. Link to my blog post:

Has Hemant Karkare’s Martyrdom Gone Waste

A Senseless IAS Officer Delays PM’s Schedule

By: Parmanand Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court (Secretary General IPC)

Some officers have an insatiable thirst for publicity and in the process to achieve it they forget even the minimum courtesies. The level of perversion of such officers has gone so deep that in order to get support from a section of society, they do adopt some shocking steps. What has, however, crossed all limits is that a Karnataka Cadre IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin, who is posted in Odisha on poll duty has conducted surprise search of the chopper of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and delayed his schedule by 15 minutes. He has not been able to give any convincing answer as to why he checked the Prime Minister’s chopper. Some say that he checked it because he had information that there was a black suitcase containing bundles of currency notes and if he had found it, he would have become the instant hero of the opposition parties and the image of the Prime Minister and his party would have tarnished beyond recovery.

This officer appears to be of very a low IQ and he does not deserve to be in service even for a moment, who takes such impulsive and foolish actions merely on the basis of rumours, without any verification and cross-checking, that too, in the case of the Prime Minister of the country. More so, about a Prime Minister, who is known for probity and honesty throughout the world. Cynicism has got no place in the administration, but this officer seems to have his mind placed in his feet. Prime Minister of the country is the most important person and he enjoys the highest protection. If a mentally sick IAS officer can subject the Prime Minister of the country to such an insult and humiliation without any concrete proof and information, then one can easily understand that how do they behave with the general public?

 It has also been seen that such officers, badly bitten by the publicity bugs, are very unscrupulous and corrupt in their administrative functioning. Not long ago a lady IAS officer in U.P., who became darling of the then, Chief Minister, used to throw her weight around but later it was found that she has accumulated huge money and built the empire of the properties. She comes from Andhra Pradesh and used to abuse anybody whosoever, asked some difficult questions to her. Being physically beautiful she had been levelling baseless allegations against many journalists, politicians and even fellow officers for making advances to her.

Some years ago, there was an IAS officer, one Goswami, who was posted as the District Magistrate of Patna, who suddenly went up to the dais when the then Home Minister of India Lal Krishna Advani was addressing an election meeting and he switched off his mike. Mr Advani, a meticulous follower of rules, was about to conclude his speech in a minute two after 10.p.m. but the arrogant District Magistrate, that he was, forgot all courtesy and politeness to ask him a few minutes before the time limit to finish the speech. He was obviously working at the instance of his then boss Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was ruling Bihar at that time through his illiterate wife Rabri Devi. When this uncouth officer was humiliating Advani, some other important leaders of Bihar like; Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Sushil Kumar Modi were also present on the dais and they were all stunned at the uncivilised behaviour of the DM, who is, unfortunately, now no more in this world.

These IAS and IPS officers lick the boots of their masters for their self-interests but otherwise they think themselves to be the ‘monarch of all they survey’. They must be given rigorous training to work in a democratic country without throwing the culture and polite behaviour to the wind.

Media: Failed to Inform Public of Transformational Changes in India

By: Parmanand Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court (Secretary General IPC)

The amount of work that Narendra Modi has done in the last five years is mind-boggling and unimaginable for any government to do in country and population of this size. It will take years for the researchers to properly comprehend and evaluate it. Almost every household in the country has now got toilet facilities, which was unthinkable only a few years back. When he declared from the ramparts of Lal Quila that every house will soon have ‘izzatghar’, he was being pooh-poohed by the prophets of doom, but they all proved wrong.

       Go to any village in the country, there is hardly any family, which does not have a pucca house with modern facilities of kitchen, electricity and toilet. Every house has LPG and the subsidy goes directly to the consumer, which was earlier gobbled up and pocketed by the agents, middlemen / women and brokers. There is another great achievent of Ayushman by this government, which is the Central Government’s Health Scheme that offers health services at all India level through different forms of medical systems like Allopathic, Homeopathic, Ayurveda, Unani, Yoga and Siddha. Still, there are a few persons who are alergic to Modi and refuse to see any such great achievent. There is one briefless Advocate, I know, who sits in the Supreme Court, who during his government service days, was caught by the CBI red-handed taking bribes, although he got acquitted by using the same methodology of bribing. However one can still find him pouring venom against Prime Minister Modi. He has been the worst critic of Jan Dhan Yojna of Modi saying that what was the use of the bank accounts when there was no money in it. He used to say that all bank personnel are unnecessarily over-burdoned because it has increased their work many times over. But, see the result of that scheme, now even the poorest of the poor is getting his subsidies directly transferred to his/her accounts. This ‘gentleman’ often gets eggs on his face for his unfounded criticism of Modi’s work but that makes no difference for him because of the large league of corrupt persons that he still has around him.

     Think of those days when getting a license, quota or permit was considered to be an achievement because there was enough scope of manipulation. There used to lakhs of ghost cardholders and the number of subsidies was being swallowed by the nexus of corrupt politicians, government officials, brokers and license holders. But now that link of corruption has been wiped out, which has saved the country’s billions of Rupees, that now goes for developmental works like ujjawala yojana, road-building, house buildings and many other schemes, some of them have been enumerated above.

     There was a time, and that was only a few years ago, when every honest person was groaning with an unbearable effect of black money. If anybody had to purchase a house or a piece of land, he or she had to cough up 70 per cent payment in black and only 30 per cent in white causing enormous loss to the exchequer. But thanks to the demonetization the real estate market has largely become realistic to the huge relief of common man. This is the reason why all corrupt forces rose in unison against the demonetization. Despite all the flaws in the implementation of the demonetization due to the corrupt bank officials and others, it has helped the country to come out of the economic sickness. Now the benefits of GST are there for all to see. Earlier if one were to purchase anything from jewellers or any other shopkeepers, the consumer was told two prices, one without the receipt and the other with receipt. Every consumer or customer was discouraged to go for the receipt for the purchased items. But look, Modi is hauled over coals even for bringing transparency and honesty in the business.

      These schemes and projects are benefiting every section of the society without any discrimination. Muslims are the biggest beneficiaries of them but surprisingly almost all Muslims orchestrate in the opposition of Modi. The number of Muslims supporting is few and far between. And even if he advises something good for the Muslims, he is accused of polarization on communal lines. This shows the bankruptcy of the opposition and Muslim leadership. When you enumerate the good works of Modi, they will turn at you by saying that he had promised 15 lakhs to every Indian and two crores job every year. This is a patent lie and a baseless rumour. Nobody has been able to produce even single audio or video, where Modi has been seen saying or promising such things. Our Media does not have the time to present the factual position before the people because it has its own axes to grind.

       Be that as it may, Modi eminently deserves a second chance to become the Prime Minister to stem the rot that has been set in the administration. The country will achieve the dizzy heights in the comity of the nations. Some drastic measures for the population control and introduction of artificial intelligence can be taken only by Modi and none else. He is the only hope of the country, who is standing tall among all pigmies of politicians.

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