Shaheen Bagh Tamasha: Oxygen Supply from Fissiparous Elements!

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

Protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is totally phoney and baseless and this is the reason that it has fizzled out. It is being kept alive in certain places by those people, who have their own axes to grind. The protest was bound to die because of its own inherent weaknesses. From day one, it was as clear as daylight to everybody that the protest had no legs to stand upon. It has been managed, sponsored by the people, who have been playing to the tunes of the anti-national forces.

The most shocking thing, however, was to find such a vast number of people in our country, who can go to any extent to harm the interests of the country and every stick is good enough for them to beat the patriotic forces. They join and play all conspiratorial games to weaken the fabric of the country. They usually speak the language that is music to the ears of the Pakistani establishment.

Is it not intriguing that those who have been most intolerant tell them to be more tolerant? Those who have never given any space to anybody, they preach to be more accommodative. Recently, when there were attacks and ransacking of Nankana Saheb Gurudwara, the birthplace of Guru Nanak and presently situated in Pakistan, then there was no protest march by these Jonnies. Some of the champions of the secularism in India, albeit, quoted Mohammad Prophet who, they say, ordained his followers not to disturb those persons in Mecca, who do not believe in Islam. Prophet gave them full freedom to follow their religious paths and beliefs.

The words and deeds of Prophet Mohammad are considered to be most sacrosanct in Islam and therefore, non-Muslims should have flourished in Mecca. But for the last nearly 1500 years no trace of any non-Muslim is found in Mecca. This clearly shows that Islam essentially has no spirit of tolerance and when it comes to persecuting and converting the non-Islamists, this religion is simply unbeatable. This is the reason that mid-east countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria etc. were converted to Islam in less than three decades of attacks of Islam. This amply proves the point that when it comes to the religion Islam has little space for tolerance.

Now coming to the CAA, it has been proved beyond doubt, that it has unjustifiably been linked to a particular religion. The most disgusting spectacle of it is that some of the leaders of the Congress Party are busy spearheading this protest. In Shaheen Bagh of New Delhi, near Jamia University, some women are forced to sit on dharna and demonstration, who have no idea of what the CAA is. Obviously, it is being done at the instance of Sonia Gandhi, who is now feeling the heat of the tightening noose of the Modi administration. These leaders are stoking communalism by attaching the CAA with anti-Islam.

Since gullible easily fall prey to such appeals, Muslims have been turned against the CAA. Most of the Muslims, who are even highly educated have developed diabolical hatred for the Narendra Modi Government and hence they are doing everything to paint CAA as the anti-Muslim. They think that if the protest against the CAA is stopped, then the Modi Government will be emboldened to bring about the Uniform Civil Code and introduce the Two-Child Policy. They think that Two-Child norms and Uniform Civil Code are against the basic ingredients of Islam. Therefore, they trust the Constitution of India only to the extent it does not interfere into their personal laws but when it comes to taking the benefits under the same constitution, they swear by it. Otherwise, there is no reason, why should they raise the slogans in Muslim dominated areas like that ‘Hindustan ka aien, hamen manjoor mahin, manjoor nahi’ (We do not have any trust in the Constitution of India)? This double-speak of the Muslim leaders depict their mentality of deception and cheating.

The Modi government deserves unqualified support and admiration from all patriotic people because it has taken steps for the uniform development for all sections of the society; be it universal electrification, construction of roads, extension of bank facilities or expansion of other basic amenities, like providing LPG cylinders or providing toilets to all households without any discrimination of caste, creed and religion. Those who do not want the country to march on the path of the progress, it is they who are creating these problems.

Bidding Adieu to Pt. Parmanand Katara (Senior Advocate Supreme Court)

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

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The death of Pandit Parmanand Katara, a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India, a few days ago, left me deeply shocked and disturbed eme. I had no close contacts with him. It was, what they say, my only a nodding acquaintance with him. He used to sit on a particular chair in the Library 1 of the Supreme Court of India.
Way back in 1993, we had called meeting in the Press Club of India to discuss the implementation of the Bhachawat Wage Board recommendations for the newspaper employees. We invited Justice K N Singh, who after his retirement as the Chief Justice of India, had assumed the charge of the Chairman of the Law Commission of India and also to Justice Bhachawat, who was then practising in the Supreme Court. Our friend Rakesh Sood suggested that we should also invite an Advocate Parmanand Katara to speak on the occasion. It was then a common friend of ours working with the Indian Express said that ‘don’t mention Katara ji as the Supreme Court lawyer because he travels in the city buses like many of us.’ I then put my foot down to mention his name as the Supreme Court Advocate in the invitation card. In my opening speech also I introduced him like that. It was a misconception, that those who practice in the Supreme Court move only in chauffeur driven cars. I told them a commoner like Pandit Katara can better understand the difficulties of the working class.
He was an egalitarian by nature and practice both. He had filed a PIL for helping the road accident victims and the Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling that anybody who gets the injured or wounded person admitted in the Hospital would not be obliged to appear in the court as the witness and no hospital would refuse to admit the accident victim for treatment. This ruling has saved the lives of thousands of persons across the country. Before this judgement private hospitals used to invariably refuse to admit the accident victims and by the time they were taken to the government hospitals, many of them were declared to be brought dead.
Of late, Pandit ji was not keeping good health. Two days before his death he was seen in the Library 1. Many of us had suggested him to take rest at his home. I don’t have any personal evidence though I was told that he was so proficient in Sanskrit that he could even argue his cases in that language, besides English, which, unfortunately, is the language of not only the Supreme Court but almost all courts of Delhi.
We sadly bid adieu to you Pandit ji and pray to God to give you peace and place in His abode.

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I had opportunity to know him intimately. He was a thoroughly nice person but had the guts to try to raise himself from an ordinary lawyer to an elite club of snobish senior lawyers of Supreme Court. He was much pooh-poohed by many for his this audacity. He came from an ordinary place – Mathura – of Uttar Pradesh and studied there at ordinary educational institutions. I can say with authority that pandit Parmanand Katara had an understanding of deep philosophical issues (it is not the monopoly reserved for only those who had studied at Oxford university) that only an accomplished intellectual can understand. My this appreciation of his intellectual calibre is based on an incident. I had written a book – The Story of True India – and it was then only in manustript form (this book was later on published and is now available on this website as “Vision Document”). I shared that MS with him and had an enlightening discussion with him. He was able to share his meaningful thoughts with me.

He deserved a salute for his wisdom and courage.

Mongoose and Snake cannot Work for the Common Cause

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

Nothing is impossible in politics if rank opportunism becomes the guiding principle and it has been proved beyond any shadow of a doubt after the swearing-in of Udhav Thakre as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The alliance of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress party and the support of the Samajwadi Party was unthinkable a few weeks ago. Thus, this alliance is nothing less than a miracle but the Yaksha Prashna will continue to haunt everybody about its longevity and capacity to deliver to the people of the state.
Maharashtra is one of the richest states of the country, Mumbai as the financial capital of the country, but on the other hand, the farmers are nowhere in as much distress as they are in this state. Let us hope and pray that the government of diametrically opposite ideologies, whose leaders have been the bitter enemies of one another would work in unison, at least, for the cause of the people of the state.
It is indeed the mockery of the democracy, but some say it is the beauty, that the largest party, the BJP, having won nearly two or two and half times more seats than any of the allying parties is out of power. In a way, it is against the mandate of the people, who voted the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance to rule. It is also true that the strike rate of the BJP in the assembly election was nearly seventy per cent i. e. it won almost 70 % of the seats on which it constated. The strike rate of Shiv Sena, the second-largest party, was less than 45 per cent. Therefore, not going by the pre-poll alliance is an appalling betrayal with the people of the state.
There is no point in discussing the whataboutery of the breaking of the alliance, which is as clear as daylight that the overambitious tantrums of the Shiv Sena were the root cause. In this backdrop, one point must always be kept in mind that the alliance has always been an anathema to the Congress unless, of course, it has been in the driving seat. It has always refused to play the second fiddle. Take the example of Chaudhari Charan Singh, who had to resign even without facing the trust vote in the Lok Sabha. Chandrashekhar had to go in less than four months. Devegowda and Inder Kumar Gujral had to suffer all insults and indignities but even they were not spared. Very recently, the Congress Party made HD Kumaraswamy of Karnataka eat the humble pie.
The alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress is bound to crumble due to their pulling of power in different directions. Therefore, the people of Maharashtrians will have to keep their fingers crossed about the Thakre government. The snake and mongoose cannot live together in peace for a long.

Swapping of Kartarpur Sahib with Pakistan a la Bangla Desh

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

Two momentous events – the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor and Ayodhya verdict – happened last week, incidentally on the same day i.e. 9th of November. The Kartarpur Corridor will connect two important Shrines – Derababa Nanak Saheb, which is located in India and Gurdwara Darbar Saheb, which is situated across the border in Pakistan. The distance between the two is less than three miles. The Ayodhya issue has put the curtain down on a dispute which has been lingering and festering between Hindus and Muslims for the last nearly five hundred years. But the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Indian side and welcoming of the pilgrims by the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at Derababa Nanak Saheb (now also known as Kartarpur Saheb) Gurdwara was no less a historic event, except the disgusting speech of the comedian Navjot Singh Siddhu at Kartrpur.

Shri Modi compared the opening of the corridor with that of the falling of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, which united the east and west Germany. If he was hinting that India and Pakistan will again get united, then it is certainly a matter of great joy for the fourth or fifth generation of Indians and Pakistanis born after the partition of the country in1947. However, the unity of India and Pakistan appears to be wishful thinking at present. There are more chances of Pakistan getting split into four or five parts because of its own internal bickering than Pakistan getting united with India. This unity of India and Pakistan presently looks unthinkable.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is credited to have solved the India and Bangladesh boundary problem in 2015 by exchanging enclaves. There were some 102 enclaves, some of which were as tiny as two to three acres; and they were transferred to Bangladesh and 21 from Bangladesh were given to India. Swapping of enclaves solved the boundary problem between India and Bangladesh, which were situated along the borders of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya.

Why should the Government of India not make an initiative to swap such important places, which are situated in Pakistan adjoining to the Indian boundary to make them the part of India? In lieu of that India can cede the equal area of land to Pakistan as it would permanently solve the thorny problems of both countries.

Had it been done at the time of partition itself then there would not have been such an inordinately long wait for Kartapur Sahib. In fact it has now become all the more necessary, in view of the blackmailing tactics of Pakistan, which were seen even before the opening of the corridor.

It was even reported that Pakistan was going to charge 20$ per person which comes to nearly Rs. 1450/- at the current rate of Rupee-Dollar exchange. Moreover, Kartarpur Gurudwara and its adjoining areas can be used by Pakistan for instigating the anti-Indian forces by turning it into a sanctuary for the terrorists. There are already some reports which suggest that the anti-Indian Sikhs living in Canada, Germany, England, Netherlands and the United States of America are trying to make the Kartarpur Saheb a springboard to spread anti-India hatred campaign. One shudders to imagine the horror of terrorism in Punjab, out of which nightmare India came out in the early 80s to early 90s.

There is no denying that the terrorism in Punjab was sponsored by Pakistan as it has been giving oxygen to terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir especially from the time of that monster military ruler General Zia-ul-Haq. In the valley of Kashmir, Pakistan trained terrorists’ infiltrators have caused huge damage to the country.

Therefore, it will be in the best interests of the country if Kartarpur Saheb becomes the inseparable part of the country. India had suffered a lot due to the insanity of Redcliffe, who drew the line of partition between India and Pakistan. It is said that he used to take the pencil in his hand only when he was fully drunk and inebriated before drawing the boundary line. As a result of it, half of several villages fell into the Indian side of the boundary and the other half had gone to the Pakistan side. In some of the books, many examples have been given when half of a drinking water well was kept in India and the other half was in Pakistan.

The saddest part of it was that the power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats from both sides could not point out this dementia of that idiot called Redcliff, which brought a mountain of problems for the coming generations of peoples of both the sides. Nevertheless, it is better late than never, and even if at this point of time it can be done, it will bring immeasurable relief to both the countries. Now when Narendra Modi is at the helm of affairs in India, one can have the sanguine hope that he can translate the dream into a reality.

Ayodhya Judgment: Time to Move On

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

To say that the Supreme Court judgement on Ayodhya is a landmark one; will be simply an understatement. This has been the longest ever pending dispute in the judicial history of not only of India but of the entire world. It has put a nearly 500 years long bitter dispute at rest between two major communities of India that started in 1528 when a brute commander of the first Mughal ruler Babur razed a temple to build a mosque on the place.

Thousands of Hindus and Muslims must have lost their lives claiming their rights on the site in these last five hundred years. There is not even a shred of doubt that there was a temple, which was pulled down in the most barbaric manner to build a mosque by the crazy, insensitive and uncouth ruler. It has now been found in the excavation carried out by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) at this site in Ayodhya that the remains of a vey big structure with Hindu carvings and motiffs on a large row of pillers are lying buried underneath this disputed site. This fact has been quoted by the Supreme Court in its judgment.

There is no doubt that it is a very sagacious judgement, which stands on the firm legs of law and the legal principle of Roscoe Pound that, ‘it (law) must be stable but not stand still’. The Law has moved on for the larger good of the society, which is clearly reflected in this 1045 pages judgement. It will be remembered for two more things; one is the unanimity of all five judges and the other one is that nobody knows about the author of the judgement. As far as the equity is concerned it was always in the favour of Hindus as all evidence led to the undeniable fact that a wrong was done to them. Therefore, there was no point in allotting five acres of land to Muslims in Ayodhya.

Here the court used its extraordinary power vested under Article 142 of the Constitution of India to adopt the principle of ‘moulding of justice’ so that no party remains aggrieved. It directed the state to allot 5 acres of land at a suitable place in Ayodhya to Muslims for building mosque. It would not be out of place to mention here that some Hindus have reservation about the justification of the allotment of another piece of land to Muslims. Likewise, some Muslims have reservation about the justification of the allotment of land to them not at the disputed site but at another suitable place. These Hindus allege that when the disputed land legally belongs to them, why Muslims should be given any land any where in liu of the dispute site. Likewise, these Muslims allege that when they are legally given the land (at another place), why it was not given at the disputed site. Both are wrong. Supreme Court has invoked its extra-ordinary power given to it under Article 142 of the Constitution to do complete justice between the parties in a case.

The Muslim leadership must now accept the five acres of land to build a mosque on the same pattern as it is in Mecca. After all, Ram was an Imame-e-Hind also for the Muslims. Thousands of prophets have come on the planet before the prophet Mohammad who, according to Muslims, was the last one. Development of the new mosque will be like a religious pilgrim centre for crores of poor Muslims of India, who cannot afford to visit Mecca and Medina but they can certainly have the satisfaction of visiting the Imam-e-Hind mosque in Ayodhya. Hindus should also contribute to the construction of the new masjid as that will foster unity and brotherhood among Hindus and Muslims.

Both communities ought to put all the bickering and rancour behind to move forward. This is possible only by developing scientific temper and spiritualism. Ayodhya can give light to the whole world provided it is kept free from the pettiness and the notoriety of small-minded politicians, and rogue and crafty intellectuals.

It is indeed very sad to see that some devious persons, who are unhappy with the judgement, are trying to incite the people, particularly of the minority community. It is so because they do not want to see the harmony and the cordiality between the two communities. It is time for the people to see through their beguiling games as they are the friends of none but the enemies of the society. They must be shunned with the contempt that they deserve because they have been surviving on the strife of the two communities.

“The Hindu Way” of Shashi Tharoor – Book Review

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

Writing about Hinduism – or the Hindu way – is not an easy thing for everybody. The Hindu way as reflected in its ancient and authentic texts like Geeta, Ramayana, Upanishads etc. has been well acknowledged by the western intellectual giants as being the highest flight of human mind touching the mystic relmns of this visible creation and what lies beyond that. Argueably, it may not be a thing of everyone’s competence who has a superficial and practical knowledge of this mundane world to write about Hinduism or its ways. Shashi Tharoor certainly falls in this category. One may justifiably say that by writing about the Hindu way, Shashi Tharoor would be writing more about himself and his little knowledge of the subject he is dealing with than about the Hindu way.

‘The Hindu Way’, the new book of Shashi Tharoor, is more or less like a tutology of his previous book, ‘Why I am a Hindu’. It does not shed any new or deeper light on Hinduism. Verily speaking the book disappoints even to a layman. In the first few chapters, one certainly gets the glimpse of almost all the philosophical branches of theistic Shad Darshan and also about atheistic sects like; Charvak, Buddhism and Jainism but in the concluding chapters, he has unfairly fulminated against Hindutva.

Hinduism is a civilisation, not a dogma. There is no such thing as blasphemy in this religion. It allows each believer to stretch his or her imagination to the personal notion of the creative godhead of divinity. It is all-encompassing, and it allows the violence and nonviolence, permits to be teetotaller and a drinker at the same time. It lays emphasis on abstinence (Brahmacharya) but does not lag behind in advocating for sex education as it is in Kamsutra. However, profligacy has not been approved anywhere except in hedonism of Charvak.

In a way, Hinduism looks to be full of so many paradoxes and contradictions that it can be said by an ordinary person of average mental calibre to be nothing but a tangled jungle full of religious chaos. But it does not look so to a wise person, who keeps abrest himself with the modern scientific knowledge. There is a famous example – propounded by none other than by Albert Einstein while explaining his theory of relativity to laymen – that the speed of a train moving on its track at 50 kiliometers per hour ‘is not the absolute speed’ of 50 kilometers per hour; that this speed would be different for the passanger who is travelling in this train, for a person who is flying in an airplane over this trian, for a person who is stationed on Moon and observing this train’s speed through telescope. Einstein said it is correct to say that this trian is moving at the speed of 50 kilometers per hour but it is not correct to say its speed is only – or absolutely – 50 kilometers per hour. Is it not amazing? And, it is scientific. Hindus books of wisdom had said long long ago this modern scientific knowledge in these words: “Satyam Ekam Vipra Bahudha Vadanti (the truth is one, but wise people say it differently)”. It looks from his book that this Hindu truth is beyond the comprehension of Shashi Tharoor.

The writer seems to be right in saying that the name Hinduism itself is an imported one (though there is one contrary opinion too of some Sanskrit scholers saying on the basis of ancient Sanskrit texts that “Hindu” is derived from “Sapt-Sindhu Desh – land of seven waters”) but there is no denying that it is the only religion in the world, which has no founder and provides scope for everybody to follow the religion in any manner whatsoever. It is better and cannot be compared with other main – Abrahmic – religions of the world like; Islam and Christianity, which have been founded on certain dates by certain persons possessing divinity. One would be supported by science in saying that if there is ONE DIVINITY – or one eternal truth or God – this truth or divinity of God by the law of Nature must be opened to search and revelation to all humans equally; it cannot be restricted to only one person or one prophet. This restriction is absurd on the face of it; because, what will you make of it when two prophets make their own exclusive claims of revelation but who contradict each other? Does Shash Tharoor have an idea of this untenable claims to exclusive revelation of God, when he writes about the Hindu way?

However, in Hinduism new ideas and thinking have been piling up from time immemorial. It is the development of Hinduism. Rather it is the purification of Hinduism, which had got polluted with the passage of time and needed restatement of the truth commensurate with new circumstances. This is the reason why Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism etc. all originated from Hinduism (with the same fundamental traits like the importance of personal conduct, belief in rebith, emphasis on self-help etc.) and have integrated and amalgamated with it. None of these Indic faiths lays claim to an exclusive revelation of divinity to itself – or its founder. All these Indic faiths show a path to divinity, which path is out of many paths.

There has hardly been any problem in the harmonious coexistence among them all. Hindu thinks that the other person may be adopting a different method of worship but he or she is also the part of Hinduism. This problem actually came only when the other religions, which have originated outside India and are not so eclectic, started asserting ‘either their way or no way’. But for a person like Tharoor all blames are in store for Hindutva.

In this book, he has taken the liberty to criticise and condemn the Hindus but has not spoken a word about those Christians, who have been engaged in proselytization by adopting all illegal and immoral gimmicks. Similarly, Islam has a history of forcing itself upon Hindus. The writer of the book himself has said that when the marauding army of Tipu Sultan was looting, plundering, raping and killing the Hindu men and women in Kerala, his great grandmother had concealed a good quantity of golden ornaments to an unknown location, which could not be found out later because nobody had any inkling of the place where the gold ornaments were buried.

There is no doubt that while the Christians spread their religion in India by cheating, fraud, deception, chicanery and inducement; the Islam was spread largely by the use of force and fear among the people. Both religions never believed in the coexistence and were always at warpath with other religions. However, Shashi Tharoor has given only those examples which denigrate and denounce Hindus. He has spoken about the demolition of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya but has not uttered a word about those who pulled the temple to erect the Mosque. He has conveniently forgotten the cold-blooded killing of 60 and odd Karsevaks in Godhara but goes on lecturing on the cow vigilantism. It is strange that he is ashamed of the awakening among Hindus but waxes eloquently in favour of such tolerance of Hindus, which bordered on to the timidity and cowardice.

In the last parts of the book, he has betrayed himself to be a pseudo-secular politician. Being the Member of Parliament from the Congress party for two times from Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala, he has not spoken a word about the killings of Hindus in his own state but has jumped and trained his guns against the speeches of Yogi Adityanath and Sadhvi Ritambhara. This is the height of the duplicity. This book is like a newspaper which bears the name of Hindu but, in its content, it is anti-Hindu. The author of the book wants to be given the complete freedom to criticise, lampoon and haul up the practitioners of Hinduism but has no guts to analyse the problems which have been bedevilling the country and why the Hindus have been pushed to the corner, which has left no choice for them but to retaliate in their own way.

Hinduism says that there are many ways to get salvation ‘ekam sad vipra bahudha vadanti’. This is the magnanimity of Hinduism, and it should be protected with full tenacity by all Hindus as it provides space for one and all. The soaring majesty of Hinduism or what Swami Dayanand Saraswati called the real Sanatan Dharma, is that it considers the whole world as its family (Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam). How true are the words of Dr Radhakrishnan, who had said that ‘God is in the world, though God is not the world, and the world is not God; He is more than the creator, He preserves, protects, destroys, remakes and strives continuously, alongside human beings’. The intention of the writer of the book appears more to mock and ridicule the Hinduism than to help readers in knowing about this fascinating religion.

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