Markandey Katju says sorry for Odisha ‘joke’

Talking to a local TV channel, Katju said he would post an apology on Facebook. “People have got a wrong impression with the Facebook post, which was just a joke.”

By: Express News Service | Bhubaneswar | Published:October 15, 2016 4:50 am
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A DAY after former Supreme Court judge and Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju posted comments on Odisha and Odias on his Facebook page, he begged an apology for hurting the sentiments of the people. Talking to a local TV channel, Katju said he would post an apology on Facebook. “People have got a wrong impression with the Facebook post, which was just a joke.”

In his Facebook post, Katju had written: “What is there to write about these (Odiya) poor chaps? Ever since they got a thrashing at the hands of Ashoka in the battle of Kalinga, they have been a dejected lot. Now all they have with them are a lot of pots (Patras), big pots (Mahapatras) and supposedly intelligent kings (Patnaiks).”

But when the BJP, Congress, BJD and other organisations denounced him, Katju said he had a lot of respect for the people of Odisha. While people burnt his effigy and smeared his posters in Puri and other places, political parties flayed Katju for his remarks.

“In fact, Dr KN Katju, my grandfather, was Governor of Odisha. I have also respect for chief minister Naveen Patnaik and his father, late Biju Patnaik. I have been to the state many times and have seen Konark temple, Lingaraj Temple and Puri Temple. I will post an apology on the Facebook immediately,” he said. “I confess that I do not know much about Odisha. I have to acquire a lot of knowledge about the state. At the age of 70, I believe I have to learn a lot,” added Katju.

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    Ashok Kumar
    Oct 15, 2016 at 1:14 am
    You bustard Kaju. You are less respected than a pig. I'm proud to be an odia
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    Ashok Mazumdar
    Oct 15, 2016 at 1:21 am
    This Joker has gone Insane.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Danger to Society and BCCI as well.
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    Nadeem Ansari
    Oct 15, 2016 at 7:18 am
    He is a pest like many other at the top . Strip him of all posts. Cut his pension. Let him live on charity.
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    Pradeep.
    Oct 15, 2016 at 5:29 am
    Really sad to see these type of comment on ODIA. Yes odia's poor, but not a beggar. With due respect, you are really not deserve to be a judge.
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    sk
    Oct 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm
    Mr Katju should understand that people of odisha fought Ashok without any single leadership. That shows community understanding prevailed at that time. This leads to justify first ever known democracy exited at that time. Perhaps, Kalinga has shown the first ever democratic mode of living in the world, when monarchy prevailed all around the world.
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    Tauro
    Oct 15, 2016 at 4:14 am
    Katju should also get his tongue trimmed at Bengaluru just like Kejri did.
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