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Pseudo-intellectuals shouldn’t complain: Markandey Katju slams Ramchandra Guha

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New Delhi: A day after eminent historian Ramachandra Guha described the Modi government as “the most anti-intellectual and philistine” that India has ever had, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju slammed the so-called “intellectuals” who have let the nation down.

While speaking at the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF), Guha said anti-intellectualism was manifest in the appointments made by the Modi government.

“Directors of IITs tell me that Smriti Irani (HRD minister) makes them nostalgic for Murli Manohar Joshi… As for Mahesh Sharma, in charge of culture, who could be more grossly anti-intellectual and philistine than him?” Guha said.

Taking a jibe at the intellectuals, Katju wrote in a Facebook post that “they are in really conceited, puffed up pseudo-intellectuals, who only seek comfortable lives, as professors or writers, but have little creativity, modesty, or curiosity.”

“Many of them became flunkeys and toadies of governments, getting various benefits and sinecures from them. Where are our Newtons or Darwins or Voltaires or Rousseaus in India? Where are our John Lockes, Adam Smiths or the French encyclopaedists?

“I certainly do not support the present Indian government’s actions in appointing people of their own thinking to various cultural and academic posts. But does it really lie with our so-called “intellectuals”, who have let down the nation, to complain?

“I do not deny the great importance of intellectuals in the progress of mankind. In modern times, great revolutions like the American, French and Russian revolutions were led by intellectuals. They are the eyes and brains of the society, and without them the society is blind and stupid. But they must be real and not pseudo-intellectuals if they wish to be respected and contribute to the society’s progress.”

(Image: Markandey Katju/Facebook)

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World Sanskrit Conference: Allow Sanskrit to spread its wings like other global languages

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New Delhi: Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a programme organised on the culmination of Indio-Nepal Car Rally at India Gate in New Delhi, on March 8, 2015. (Photo: Sunil Majumdar/IANS)

By Gaurav Sharma

There was a time, when Sanskrit usage spanned the entire Indian subcontinent. At its zenith, the language of the Gods became the lingua franca of the Indian cultural zone.

Reminiscent of its mass expansion, the ancient medium of communication has now ebbed to its nadir.

Sanskrit in contemporary India

The last census of 2011 revealed a shocking reality with a pitiable 14,000 people stating Sanskrit as their primary language. Almost no speaker was to be found in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the north-eastern states.

Given that a miniscule 1 per cent of the entire Indian population speaks Sanskrit, it is commendable that Doordarshan has launched a weekly program in that language.

Telecasting a five-minute news bulletin–Varta–was hardly doing justice to a language which had mothered several hundred dialects during its heyday.

Can Sanskrit be bracketed into the Hindutva agenda?

The recent invitation of External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj as guest of honor at the 16th World Sanskrit Conference in Bangkok is a significant reminder of the special place India and more specifically, Sanskrit holds in the academic circles of the world.

In spite of its deep scholarly appreciation, the language continues to be taught as an optional subject. This is mainly due to the increase in the relevance of other contemporary languages in the globalized world vis-a-vis Sanskrit.

To amplify its declining popularity, the language is given false religious connotations, viz Hindu credentials.

The liberal secularist of India keeps blowing the communal trumpet against measures to revitalize the glory of Sanskrit as a scientific dialect, a fact which can be corroborated by its astounding suitability as a computer language.

In this regard, it would be pertinent to note that apart from being serving liturgical purposes, Sanskrit was a philosophical language encompassing a rich mixture of poetry, drama and music.

Is Sanskrit literature only religious?

“People have a misunderstanding that it is the language of the Hindus. Ninety-five per cent of Sanskrit literature has nothing to do with religion”, says retired Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju.

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This is not to say that the language cannot be used to indoctrinate young minds.

But if re-introducing Sanskrit in the school curriculum is termed as Hindutva propaganda, isn’t flooding of English literature in our school textbooks a classic case of Anglicization?

In the end it is not a question of whether Sanskrit is a holy language worthy of reverence but rather about providing an equal opportunity for an ancient language to re-live itself.

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How did CJI H.L. Dattu build Rs.500,000,000 house, questions Markandey Katju

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Despite serious allegations levied against Chief Justice of India, H.L. Dattu by Justice Markandey Katju, no probe or investigation has been initiated regarding the same.

On his personal blog, Markandey Katju had written that he had documents claiming H.L. Dattu’s misuse of his judicial position. The documents, he claimed, contained how Dattu had amassed large amount of property near Bangalore under his wife’s name.

“There are a large number of plots in or near Bangalore purchased in the name of Justice Dattu’s wife Gayathri. Photocopies of the sale deeds by which they were purchased are in the dossier. These sale deeds mention the name of Justice Dattu’s wife Gayathri, but interestingly enough describe her as daughter of Guravayoor ( probably her father’s name ), and not wife of Justice Dattu. This is strange, since the plots were purchased long after her marriage. Was this done to conceal these transactions?” he wrote on Satyam Bruyat.

Markandey Katju claimed that the land was bought by H.L. Dattu in violation of property law that disqualifies a person with family income of over Rs. 2 lacs per year, from buying land in the rural areas of Karnataka.

He also wrote that Dattu had been allotted a plot of land in Bangalore, however “under the relevant scheme such plots could only be allotted to an employee of the Karnataka High Court. A High Court Judge is not an employee ( he holds a Constitutional post, and is no one’s employee).”

“One plot of land in Bangalore was allotted to Justice Dattu under a scheme which had a term that a person already having a plot of land in Bangalore could not be allotted a plot. Justice Dattu already had plots in Bamgalore(sic), either in his own name or in his wife or children’s name at that time. He has also built a palatial house in Bangalore, allegedly on 1200 sq.m. land.  Possibly that house itself would be worth Rs 50 crore or more.” Katju further added.

Markendey Katju made the allegations based on a dossier that he received containing proof of property amassed by H.L. Dattu before he was appointed the Chief Justice of India.

10 responses to “How did CJI H.L. Dattu build Rs.500,000,000 house, questions Markandey Katju”

  1. MODIJI SPECIALIZES APPOINTING SUCH CORRUPTION-SUSPECT PEOPLE. CVC WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED IN SPITE OF RAM JETHMALANI WARNNG IN WRITING IN ADVANCE TO MODIJI & PRESIDENT…IN VAIN. RAM JETHMALANI CUT OFF ALL RELATONS WITH MODI STATING HE HAD LOST ALL RESPECT FOR MODI.

  2. How did some poor Christian leaders built huge houses in India? Can a Christian rob God and poor at the same time?

  3. SO WHAT TO CONCLUDE, THE LAST HOPE OF AAM AADMI, THE JUDICIARY IS NOT IMPARTIAL ALSO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IS THERE NO HOPE OF ANY CORRECTIVE MEASURE ?????????????????

  4. Before commenting on Dattu, let him clarify how did he got elected as chairman to Presstrust India, after 15 days of retirement? He is purely nonsense on his freedom of expression.

  5. For Corporate by Corporate – Bhartya Corporate Party =
    Corporate Government + Corporate bureaucrat + Corporate CVC + Corporate Judiciary
    + + + +

  6. Markendy Katju’s words always are accepted and approved by most right thinking Indians. Mr.Katju, I am proud of you. Stand up against injustice (H.L.Dhattu)

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Markandey Katju pleads for the release of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Zaibunnisa Kazi

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Former Supreme Court Judge, Markandey Katju urged civil liberty organizations worldwide to appeal Indian government for the release of 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts convict Zaibunnisa Kazi.

Katju said that the evidence against her were weak and showed concern about her ailing health. He also said that while Kazi was arrested along with Sanjay Dutt, she was convicted under anti-terrorist law, TADA, while the film star was booked under relatively moderate Arms Act.

He is to take up the issue with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Katju had taken up the issue previously in 2013 when he had sent a written request to the president for the release of both Zaibunnisa Kazi and Sanjay Dutt.

The 72 year old convict suffers from numerous medical complications and she requires medical attention.