Justice Markandey Katju's poor 'joke' on Bihar has triggered a controversy, apparently inviting comments even from Pakistan.
Justice Markandey Katju’s poor ‘joke’ on Bihar has triggered a controversy, apparently inviting comments even from Pakistan. In a Facebook post, the former Supreme Court judge had joked that Pakistan can take Kashmir only on the condition that it takes Bihar also. People of Bihar didn’t find the joke in good taste, some even posted abusive comments on Katju’s Facebook post.
Amidst thousands of comments, A user Nazeer Iqbal, who sports a Pakistani flag on his profile page, thanked Katju for accepting Pakistan’s claim on Kashmir. “Love and respects to you sir from Pakistan… At least you accept our claim on Kashmir . Thanks for accepting our legal right to Kashmir.. Masha Allah… May Allah bless you”
However, Nazeer didn’t get a reply he may have wished. Katju said that India also has a claim on Pakistan. “But we also have a claim on Pakistan. It was part of India since Mughal times, and we will be reunited one day. The Partition on the basis of the bogus two nation theory was a historical swindle by the British to keep us fighting each other, so that we remain weak.”
Several people lauded Katju for his ‘sensible argument’. Nazeer even invited Katju to accept Islam. “Dear sir… We invite you to accept Islam ..the only true Deen…” However, the judge had his comments ready. “And I invite you to accept science. All religions are superstitions.”
Ideally, Katju shouldn’t have dragged Bihar at a time when relations between India and Pakistan has touched a new low, following the death of 18 Indian soldiers in an attack by Pakistani terrorists at Uri, Kashmir. Three Bihari soldiers had also died in the attack.
Katju has said, he was only “joking about Bihar” but he is getting so many many abusive comments that there can be a “gaali competition”.
“I think a ‘Gaali Competition’ should be started between Biharis and people of other states. I will give a gold medal to the winner. Perhaps U.P.ites will give a stiff contest to Biharis for the choicest gaalis,” he wrote.
Its time now to put the controversy to rest and hope Katju won’t make such comment , as he himself says, “most people in India lack a sense of humour”.