After remaining in news for making controversial remarks in past against politicians as well as Indian population, retired Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju looks to be in a changed mood now. In a series of posts on Facebook, Justice Katju not only shared his young age crush on late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who was also a film star before becoming a politician but also jokingly advised so-called ‘Romeos’ of Uttar Pradesh to become ‘brahmacharis’ for a few days. Katju has shared these at a time when ‘Romeos’ are feeling the heat from UP police.
Sharing a song of Jayalalithaa, Katju wrote, “When I was young I had a crush on Jayalalitha, whom I thought very beautiful, though of course it was unrequited love, and she had no idea about it. She was born in February 1948, while I was born in September 1946.
“I met her (Jayalalithaa) for the first time in November 2004 in Raj Bhawan in Chennai where I went to take oath as Chief Justice of Madras High Court, and she was then the Chief Minister. Even then she was beautiful, though of course I could not tell her about my feeling for her in my youth, as that would have been inappropriate.”
In another post, Katju shared his picture with Jayalalithaa and captioned it, “Sherni aur sher (Lioness and lion).
On Facebook, Katju also confessed how he once even contemplated complementing Jayalalithaa for her looks but stopped. “Once before a meeting with Jayalalitha in Chennai, I had thought of saying to her ” Ma’am, if you permit me the liberty to say so, you are looking nice. However, I could not gather the courage to say so, since I did not know how she would react. On the one hand, she may have been pleased. On the other hand, she may have taken offence.
“Women are strange, unpredictable creatures! As is said in Sanskrit about women’s nature: ‘Kshaden rushta, kshaden tushta, Rushta tushta kshaden kshaden.’ So I decided that discretion is the better part of valour.”
Taking a dig at the crackdown on roadside ‘Romeos’ by Uttar Pradesh police following a direction from new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Katju said, “My advice to U.P.’s young men: Become brahmacharis & keep away from girls till this storm blows over. During a storm, all clever animals go underground.”
Katju never shies away from saying whatever he thinks right against any individual — be it a politician or the entire population of the country.
In a Facebook post earlier this month, Katju had attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and compared him with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying both of them are “frauds”. He said, “Kejriwal is a cunning ambitious fraud with nothing in his head, and no different from that fraud Modi. Many people are still under illusions about him, but the time will come when their eyes will be opened to the truth.”
On Triple Talaq issue, Katju wrote, “I support abolition of oral talaq and burqa, and enactment of a uniform civil code, as I believe that will benefit Muslims. But Kejriwal will never do that, as he fears he will lose Muslim votes if he does so. He will rush to Dadri and do such other drama to get support of Muslims. But I do not want Muslim votes. I will raise my voice against any atrocity on Muslims, but I will condemn the stupid, feudal and outdated customs and practices of many Muslims, just as I will condemn stupid, feudal and outdated practices of many Hindus, e.g. caste system and looking down on Dalits.”