Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has replied to the two students from Lucknow who sent him a legal notice for his comment that “90% of Indians were idiots.”
After Justice Katju’s statement at a seminar in New Delhi last week that at least 90 percent of Indians are “idiots”, who can be easily be misled by mischievous elements in the name of religion, law student Tanaya Thakur, and her brother, Class XI student Aditya Thakur, sent a sent a legal notice to Press Council of India Chairperson. They have said they will move court if Justice Katju doesn’t apologise. Justice Katju today replied to the legal notice
Reply to Young Students Tanaya and Aditya
Having said this, I may proceed to give a more elaborate explanation.
I wish to first of all clarify that I do not regard Indians as inherently stupid or foolish. It is only at present that large parts of our people are foolish. But there was a time when we were leading the whole world in science and technology, and India was perhaps the most prosperous country in the world. It is now that we are having bad times, but we had a glorious past and shall have a glorious future too, but for that we have to get rid of casteism, communalism, superstitions and other backward traits in the mentality of a large part of our people (because of which I call them fools).
On the other hand, our ancestors discovered the number 0, and hence to write 1 million they had simply to put 6 zeros after 1.
4. 5000 years ago in the Indus Valley Civilization the system of town planning was created with straight streets, covered drains, water and sewage system, etc5. Before the coming of the British India was a prosperous country. Its share in world trade in 1700 was about 30%, which fell to 2% by the end of British rule and is still not more than 3%.
– Justice Markandey Katju
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