Unfair House

Parliament condemned my statements on Gandhi and Bose without giving me a hearing, writes Markandey Katju.

Written by Markandey Katju | Updated: March 28, 2015 7:57 am
markandey katju, parliament, mahatma gandhi, subhas chandra bose, katju gandhi comment, katju subhas chandra bose news, indian express columns, markandey katju columns “It is a basic principle of natural justice that no one should be condemned unheard,” writes Katju.

Both Houses of Parliament passed unanimous resolutions condemning me for my statements on Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose. It is a basic principle of natural justice that no one should be condemned unheard. But I was not given the opportunity of a hearing. I have called Gandhi a British agent. Gandhi served British interests in two ways. One, since he came back to India in 1915 (from South Africa) till his death in 1948, he kept injecting religion into politics. If one reads The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, one finds that in most of his articles and speeches, Gandhi advocated Ram Rajya, gau-raksha, varnashram dharma, brahmacharya and other Hindu religious ideas, and in many of his public meetings, Hindu bhajans like “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” were sung. Now, a sadhu or swami may say all this to his disciples, but if one enters politics, saying such things publicly is dangerous because it is bound to drive Muslims towards a communal party like the Muslim League. Was this not serving the British policy of divide and rule?

Here is an extract from Jawaharlal Nehru’s autobiography: “Gandhiji, indeed, was continually laying stress on the religious and spiritual side of the movement. His religion was not dogmatic, but it did mean a definitely religious outlook of life, and the whole movement was strongly influenced by this and took on a revivalist character. Even Gandhiji’s phrases sometimes jarred upon me — such as his frequent references to Rama Rajya as a golden age which was to return. But I was powerless to intervene”.

Two, a revolutionary movement had started through the Anushilan Samiti, Jugantar, etc, with great revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Surya Sen, Khudiram Bose, Ashfaqulla, Rajguru, Ram Prasad Bismil, and others. The Britishers became scared of this genuine revolutionary movement, so they made Gandhi into a “Mahatma”. Gandhi, serving as their loyal agent, successfully diverted the freedom struggle from its revolutionary direction to a harmless nonsensical channel called Satyagraha. The real freedom fighters, who were hanged by the Britishers, were treated as mavericks and deviants, and their names relegated in our national historiography to a footnote, while Gandhi was made into the “Father of the Nation”.

Some people say Gandhi gave us freedom. This is false. Can it be seriously believed that the British would have given up their huge empire because of Gandhi’s fasts, salt march and other dramas? No. India became independent in 1947 because World War II considerably weakened Britain, and because of American pressure.

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As regards Bose, I do not deny that he was a brave and honest man. But objectively, he had become a Japanese agent. If he hadn’t, why did he give up the fight against the British when the Japanese surrendered in 1945? If the Japanese had defeated the British and conquered India would they have given us freedom? No, they would have looted and exploited us, as they did China. Bose was only being used by the Japanese.

Parliament should apologise for condemning me without giving me the opportunity of a hearing.

The writer, a former Supreme Court judge, is former chairman, Press Council of India.

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    Shankar
    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm
    Ache din......Mr.Katju under which tree did you sit for this enlightenment. Life goes on the basic principle of trust. You are not sure who your real father is and you don't know if your children really are yours. You don't achieve anything by mudslinging after enjoying the fruits of the tax payers money. You reached an age when your maker is checking your due date so, be good. Foster love between people. Stop ogling and praising shazia
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      ahalya
      Mar 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm
      I have one question for all those politicians who are condemning Katju for his remarks on hi. Not a single of them has any respect for hi. These selfish and corrupt politicians ( particularly Congress and Communists) do not at all respect hi and follow his so called ideologies.
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        Amit
        Apr 1, 2015 at 1:35 am
        How Katju became a Supreme Court judge beats me. This essay befits a grade 8 level semester examination. He would have been better off writing an essay on a cow or whatever. Anyways, thank you for the entertainment, Justice Katju. Darkness beneath the lamp.
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          B B
          Mar 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm
          It is unbecoming of Katju to have made such imaginary stories. All the statements are irrelevant and out of context. People of India expect more matured statement than those are written and stated by Katju.
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            Girish
            Mar 29, 2015 at 2:19 pm
            right logic. wrong verdict.
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              indian
              Mar 30, 2015 at 10:44 am
              I think Justice Katju protests too much. The Parliament has not punished him. It is simply the Parliament's opinion vis-a-vis his; is there any harm done to him ? If Justice Katju wants a debate on his knowledge of history, he may engage with any willing, serious student of history - why should the Parliament spend more time in this ?
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                Lovely
                Apr 14, 2015 at 10:50 am
                Katju is right
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                  S. Kumar
                  Mar 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm
                  I have no respect whatsoever for this Katju fellow, or for that matter for hi or Nehru. But for Bose, yes. Katju and his family have close links to Nehru family. Between hi and Nehru, I rate hi better. Nehru was a disaster for our country. Mao even believed he was a British plant.
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                    Venkat
                    Mar 30, 2015 at 4:06 am
                    It is easy to find faults in others. How about this... Katju is writing this article in English instead of in Hindi. This is the design of colonialists who like to decimate local cultures and languages. He also was a Judge, a position in and itself is imperialist g design of social engineering. If he is not a British Agent and loves judiciary he would have been a member of gram panchayat. Now, no one should criticize me unless they invite me to present my case.
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                      Mahesh Panicker
                      Mar 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm
                      There was no need for Parliament to waste valuable time noticing this garbage. And after all the dust settled, why is a reputed newspaper like the Indian Express wasting valuable print space now? Katju is well within his rights to say what he thinks, but it can't be presented as history. And considering this was the same man who wanted all kinds of restrictions on media not too long ago, I must say its high time mr. Katju join the AAP rather than crying about the unfairness of the parliament.......
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                        AMKhan
                        Mar 29, 2015 at 11:27 am
                        Katju may be a good lawyer.He misconcieved the censure equvalent to punishment.
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                          Mohan
                          Mar 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm
                          Ramrajya will jar Nehru because his origin is at 77 Mirganj Allahabad - a red light area. Refer THE HINDU dated 13th Nov 2013 page 20
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                            Mohan
                            Mar 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm
                            You are right Sir, MKG's non-violent movement did not give us our freedom. In fact it made them happy that was why these movement leaders were merely detained at the Agha Khan Palace,Pune. The British would have continued for long but for the fact that at the end of WW II they were devastated financially and militarily
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                              M
                              Mar 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm
                              ALL RIGHTLY SAID!
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                                nanu
                                Mar 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm
                                he deserves it. seems a misfit for the high dignified office- scrutinise his judgments
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                                  heena
                                  Mar 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm
                                  What is contribution to the great country India. Compare yourself how much you have contributed. Death itself is not an achievement dear katju. Of course there are error in claiming hi as the sole independence earner of India winner. Others are not less than hi. The credit goes to entire people who gave their blood and who sacrificed their luxury life un like Nehru etc.
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                                    NEO
                                    Mar 28, 2015 at 9:54 am
                                    You nail the hybrid nasty dynasty of born hybrid nehrooo-eee from top to toe... salute to you to keep the new age BHARATIYS to remain awaken for truth...
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                                      Nitya
                                      Mar 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm
                                      "Some people say hi gave us freedom. This is false. Can it be seriously believed that the British would have given up their huge empire because of hi’s fasts, salt march and other dramas? No. India became independent in 1947 because World War II considerably weakened Britain, and because of American pressure." thank you, well said
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                                        Ramesh Nittoor
                                        Mar 28, 2015 at 8:33 am
                                        The view of Mr. Katjau represents invaluable irreligious-left modernist contribution to Indian thought, which is presently getting marginalized. However, secular polity implies avoiding religious hate speech, not religious speech.
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                                          Raja
                                          Mar 30, 2015 at 5:54 am
                                          I tried twice to post my comments on this piece, but my posts apparently went to the promoter for vetting, and have not appeared so far. By the way, there was nothing objectionable in either comment.
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                                            Raj
                                            Mar 30, 2015 at 6:51 am
                                            I am sorry, some mistakes in the article. It was a combination of both the conflict in Europe and hi's political non-compliance. You do not know this but hi was never liked in Europe or the UK - he was hated by Churchill and his predecessors and the India precedent has still haunted Britain if you look up Scottish non-compliance. hiji, like others who pla a vital role in the movement, was critical, along with the war, for independence without violence. Indians cannot win major wars, we are simply not fighters. We've never invaded to occupy any other country in our entire history - that says something.
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