The anti-migrant ideology of regional parties like the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Shiv Sena came in for sharp criticism from Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju on Friday.
Taking potshots at these parties without naming them,he condemned the anti-migrant ideology and propaganda adopted by certain regional parties in Maharashtra.
Regionalism is a serious threat to national unity and integrity. But some narrowminded politicians in Maharashtra are taking up this issue only with the aim of attracting the local vote bank. These anti-national forces should be defeated by people of the state, said Katju who is on three-day visit to the city.
Addressing a function organised by the World Peace Centre (Alandi),MIT, to celebrate the birth centenary of former deputy Prime Minister Yashwantrao Chavan on Friday,he said if this narrow-minded ideology of regional parties is followed,90 per cent of the people of the country have to leave as they are outsiders and the only real sons-of-the-soil are the tribal people.
If you look at our history,India is a country of immigrants. About 90 per cent of our current population has descended from immigrants. Only tribals are real sons-of-soil. If we apply this rule (of ousting migrants) then most of us will have to leave this country as we are outsiders, said Katju.
The Constitution has given every Indian right to travel,reside and take up a profession in any part of the country. Hence we need to throw away this orthodox mentality. Only a way of respect for each other and secularism can take us ahead, said Katju.
Former MP Shriniwal Patil,senior journalist Madhukar Bhave,World Peace Centre (Alandi),MAEERs MIT president Vishwanth Karad and executive director of MIT group of institutions Rahul Karad were present on the occasion. Dajikaka Gadgil,one of the founders of the P N Gadgil and Company presided over the function.
Niti,Sahitya and Sanskruti Awards consisting of a memento and Rs 51,000 in cash were handed over to senior journalist Rambhau Joshi,Chavans private secretary Ramk Khandekar and senior educationist R G Prabhune.