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"Notorious Drug Peddler Kinda"
Questions Galore: A police raid on a drug peddler, and our role in bloodshed
11.10.19 - S Pal
Questions Galore: A police raid on a drug peddler, and our role in bloodshed



"Yaar, samajh nahi aunda police di support kariye ke lokan di? Police utte hamle vee galat hun, par police ne vee treeka theek nahi apnaiya."

On a number of social media platforms, including WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages, several well-meaning activists and concerned citizens, taken aback by the unabashed attack on police personnel raiding a drug dealer, seemed a little confused.

And they were right.

But they were asking the wrong questions.

Now, Punjab Police DGP Dinkar Gupta has announced that a new policy has been formulated to compensate the families of police personnel killed in the line of duty, and an official nod is awaited. 

Earlier this month, an officer of a rank no less than the chief of Punjab Police’s anti-drug Special Task Force (STF), Harpreet Sidhu, had a narrow escape during a shootout with alleged drug smugglers in Amritsar.

At that time, there was no such dilemma. 

So we missed an opportunity to ask the right questions.

There's a very serious problem with our policing system. Police is policed only by the police, and not a single pair of outside supervisory eyes audits its conduct, professional approach, training, procedures, spending, deployment and a thousand other aspects.

But we will remain limited to just raising some relevant questions in connection with the shameful and utterly avoidable incident in Desu Jodha in Sirsa district

Police came to know about a drug peddler by the name of Kulwinder Singh Kinda. Seven police personnel went to nab this man, described by the police as a "notorious drug peddler". Police knew the exact location of this "notorious drug peddler Kinda."

If seven police personnel, some in uniform, with guns dangling, accompanied by a known drug peddler, are moving about in villages of Haryana, after crossing the inter-state border, and are going to the house of a "notorious drug peddler," what was the iron-clad guarantee they had received that there will be no resistance?

Since the police knew about the presence of "notorious drug peddler Kinda" in the village, how many personnel were deployed to block all exit routes and lay a siege to the village? 
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We can go on and on and ask the rest of the 378 questions that would make the Punjab Police look like a bunch of, what?, notoriously trained highly efficient bumbling fools, but that is not the purpose of our exertions.
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What kind of intelligence was available to the police? Did it send decoy policemen to the drug dealer to try and strike a deal, and then nab him red-handed so that the case stands in a court of law? Did it send undercover cops, disguised as labourers or vegetable vendors or tractor/harvest combine mechanics or pesticide dealers so that there is enough force in the village? Which police station was the team in regular touch with? Were they wearing wrist-speakers or was the team depending on their trusted and rusted walkie talkie sets? How many of the seven going in for a direct confrontation were wearing bullet proof vests? Who was in charge of videographing the entire sequence of events so that the case in the court is iron-clad?

Why did the police not try to keep Kinda under watch for a few days, send in decoy cops, and keep a general tab on not just this "notorious drug peddler Kinda" but on a number of other people who he would have met or done dealings with in the next few days so that our brave and intelligent cops get to know not just the "notorious drug peddler Kinda" but also his entire network of drugs dealers, suppliers, possible political friends, the black sheep in the force who could be hand in glove with the "notorious drug peddler Kinda" and many of the end-use consumers of this thing that he has been manufacturing/supplying/trading/delivering to increase the gross domestic state product of Punjab?


What was this grand strategy behind not informing the Haryana police? What was the intelligence obtained directly or from the Haryana counterparts about whether and how many arms or sharp edged weapons the family of "notorious drug peddler Kinda" was in possession of? Also, how did the police ascertain as to how many people would be present in the premises? 

We can go on and on and ask the rest of the 378 questions that would make the Punjab Police look like a bunch of, what?, notoriously trained highly efficient bumbling fools, but that is not the purpose of our exertions.

We need to put on record other significant questions.

Just think of a different scenario: the police went to the village of "notorious drug peddler Kinda". He and his family offer no resistance. The police arrest him.

How do you think the police would have treated his family?

How do you think the police would have read him his Miranda rights?

What the hell are Miranda rights?

What the hell are those or similar rights called in India?

Are there any Miranda-kind of rights in India?

How would they have interrogated this "notorious drug peddler Kinda"?

What kind of interrogation techniques is the Punjab Police trained in?

What the common knowledge pool of the people of Punjab about the interrogation skills of the Punjab Police?

What could the possible understanding of "notorious drug peddler Kinda" about such efficient questioning techniques of Punjab Police?

Are we defending in a surreptitious manner the "notorious drug peddler Kinda"?

No. NO. NO.

We are out to defend the personnel of the Punjab Police who put themselves in the line of danger, occasionally do not shirk from taking a bullet to save the citizenry. If we want them to be able to do their job with minimal risk and stay safe, then we need to start asking all the fundamental basic questions.

It is more than the binary that the police was wrong but the people were very wrong and we do not know which side we should back. We should back the right approach. We should back the law. And that includes backing rights of the criminals, also.

A society that does not back the rights of the criminals will not be able to stand up for the righteous.

THE FACT IS that there always will be some criminals in any society, that a certain number of drug peddlers will always be there, that some people will always indulge or try to indulge in bad things. A compassionate society is that which knows what to do with them beforehand, and then remains firm in dealing with them, and never loses sight of the larger humanitarian concerns.

The fact is that the "notorious drug peddler Kinda" and his family knew too well that if they are caught by the police, they will be subjected to torture and inhuman acts, they will be made to confess, possibly more than their share of crimes, that they may have to shell up huge sums of money for small favours, including perhaps for not torturing him every day or letting him have food from outside or allowing him an extra cup of tea or perhaps a cigarette. 

The fact is that the "notorious drug peddler Kinda" and his family and you and your family know that Punjab's police stations and jails have developed a system where a number of products and services are made available at prices somewhat higher than the market price. A mobile phone call could cost more than a satellite phone call and a cigarette could cost more than a bottle of whiskey, but supply is invariably uninterrupted.

The fact is that the newspapers make you aware on a routine basis about the interrogation techniques of police and the ground level picture of the functioning of Punjab jails.

Kinda and his family had basically two choices: to resist at this juncture, see if he can escape or they can turn the tables around and become victims rather than drug peddlers, and if not successful, then they would later spend money on paying up for those services we just mentioned. Or they could have offered Kinda for arrest, undergo the Punjab Police interrogation and then some time spent in jail as an under-trial where he would have been a consumer of high-end services and watched the case drag on and on for years.

It's a market of crime out there, and there are forces that are forever creating new consumers of its products. Drugs is one product. Services made available in jail for a price is another product. Not ending up in jail has a price. Ending up in a jail and not being tortured has a price. Making a call home has a price. Even running all of this racket from inside the jail also has a price.

The fact is that you knew it. The fact is that so far you are also agreeing with us.

The fact is that we did not raise hell earlier.

The fact is that we did not raise all these questions earlier.

The fact is that something similar will happen again.

Do we want reforms? Put yourself in the hotseat. Tomorrow, your kid could fall for the bad stuff. He could start consuming drugs. He could be in the very early stages of experimenting with drugs. He could land at the house of someone like the "notorious drug peddler Kinda". He could be there just to obtain his Rs 500 worth of shot. And a police party could come raiding, Punjab style. Bullets could fly. One could hit your child. 

May it never ever happen. But that day you will not have a dilemma. 

If the police bullet gets your child, you will be with "notorious drug peddler Kinda".

If the bullet of "notorious drug peddler Kinda" gets your child, you will be with the police.

And no will be asking the hundreds of questions that really need to be asked.

And a week later, it would be the turn of my child, at the house of a different drug dealer. 

I want you to act now to save my child.

I want you to act faster now to save your child.

I want you to ask all the questions, and the hundreds of others that I haven't even raised here, so that our children are safe.

I am all for giving better compensation to the police personnel killed in the line of duty, but I want even more compensation for those not killed in the line of duty so far.

I want them to not die unnecessarily.

Money, no matter how much, is no compensation for the daughter or the son of a policeman or policewoman who returns home in a coffin.

We need to make every coffin count. We need to ask if everything was done to protect our brave uniformed men and women, and if they really really could not be saved.
 

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FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Voices of dissent under attack in India
10.10.19 - VIPIN PUBBY
Voices of dissent under attack in India



Right to free speech is one of our most important fundamental rights and we are justifiably proud of it. An independent media is a corollary of this fundamental right even though there is no separate provision for freedom of the press.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about our democratic traditions during his recent visit to the United States where he addressed Indians settled on that country while sharing the stage with its president Donald Trump. 

Unfortunately there is a growing tendency to attack media and make attempts to restrict freedom of speech. Some of the recent events are a pointer to this fact.
 
It is well known that a large section of media has bowed down to the government, although there are few honourable exceptions partly due to the fear of government unleashing its agencies against it and partly due to their own profit motives.

Even then there are demands for taking action against a section of media and calls for boycotting it. Several videos are doing the rounds in social media where third rate leaders call for boycott of media. While it appears absurd but there are a whole lot of ‘educated’ followers who cheer such leaders and add their voice to such anti-democratic rants. They don’t appear to understand that what they are demanding is censorship of the media which the BJP and other parties had opposed so vehemently during the Emergency.
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It is well known that a large section of media has bowed down to the government, although there are few honourable exceptions partly due to the fear of government unleashing its agencies against it and partly due to their own profit motives.
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Perhaps this disdain for media percolates from the very top. Prime minister Modi has set a record of sorts by not addressing a single press conference since he took over as the prime minister. He has also not answered any question from the media.
 
At a recent "joint press conference” with Donald Trump, after their talks in the US, Modi did not take any questions while Trump replied to every question he was put. Ironically he is otherwise very media savvy and does not leave any opportunity to project himself in the national electronic media. Surely he can’t forget the vital role played by media in spreading his word during election campaigns. As the prime minister he should face questions from the media to enable it to undertake its duty as a watchdog of democracy rather than a lapdog of the government.

Perhaps this attitude is gaining ground even when individual freedom of expression is concerned. The recent registration of an FIR against 49 prominent personalities for sedition is a case in point. All that these persons, including historian Ramachandra Guha, actor Konkana Sen Sharma, and filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Aparna Sen, had written an open letter to the prime minister to express concern over incidents of lynchings in the name of holy cow.
 
It was a perfectly legitimate demand but a junior magistrate in Bihar took cognisance of a small-time lawyer’s complaint and ordered registration of an FIR under Indian Penal Code sections related to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious feelings and insulting with an intent to provoke breach of peace. Now more personalities have added their voice to protest registration of the FIR.

What’s all the more shocking that the government, both Nitish government which is an ally of NDA and the central government, did not take a stand or spoke against such a ridiculous step. Even the higher judiciary has not stepped in to pull up the magistrate concerned and quash the FIR. What kind of signals emanate from such an attitude is not hard to imagine. It was only after a lot of prominent persons protested that the Bihar Police have withdrawn the FIR.

While the need to do away with the British Raj’s legacy of sedition laws is a subject matter for a separate column, what the government and other concerned must appreciate is that right to free speech and independent media are the most essential elements of a vibrant democracy.

 

 

(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career.)

 


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BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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The mindsets of Kashmiri Pandits
10.10.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU
The mindsets of Kashmiri Pandits



A few days back I had written an article 'An appeal to my Kashmiri brothers and sisters' which was published online. In this article I mentioned that the restrictions in Kashmir for over 60 days after abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on 5th August has made the lives of Kashmiris in the valley (and also those living outside trying to contact their relatives in the valley) miserable.
 
I said that Internet and mobiles are not luxuries but necessities today, and being deprived of them for even one day, what to say of 60 days (along with curfews and other restrictions), would make one's life hellish. 

I therefore appealed to Kashmiris to do the following:

(1) wear a black wristband on the left wrist as a token of protest against these oppressive restrictions

(2) boycott the Governor Satyapal Malik, whom I called a modern Nero and a caporegime in Srinagar (his Don and Consiglieri being in Delhi) as well as his advisers

(3) don't serve tourists (who are being allowed into the valley from 10th October) till the inhuman and unwarranted restrictions are removed
 
(4) publish and circulate a leaflet stating that abrogation of Article 370 was only a gimmick to divert attention from the economic crisis which has gripped India, by a beleaguered government which does not know how to solve it.

Today I received two emails from Kashmiri Pandits

The first states :

Dear Sir,

After reading your latest appeal to Kashmiris, I would like to suggest you take the logical next step in your campaign by forming a Govt in Exile, like Subhas Chandra Bose. I am also certain that Imran Khan, who was after all reading from your script at the UN General Assembly in New York, will credit you swiftly as the President of the Govt of India in Exile.

Jai Hind

The second email states :

Those who greeted Narendra Modi in Houston were all my friends. They are not buffoons. I support them. We may have different beliefs, but we can be kind to each other and civilised.

These emails reveal the typical mindsets of almost all Kashmiri Pandits.

I too am a Kashmiri Pandit, and I know what horrible atrocities were committed on them in the 1990s leading to their exodus from the valley out of fear. I wrote a piece on Kashmiri Pandits on my blog Satyam Bruyat several years back, describing the wrongs done to them. So I have every sympathy for them.

But what I found in almost all members of my community is a blind hatred for Muslims, because of which they ignore the atrocities on Kashmiri Muslims. 

After all, two wrongs don't make one right. What was done to Kashmiri Pandits in the past was something very wrong and condemnable. But does it justify and exonerate the wrongs being done to Kashmiri Muslims today? Moreover, the atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits were done a quarter of a century ago. The present Kashmiri youth were not even born then, or were toddlers. To blame them would be like blaming the present Germans for what the Nazis did to the Jews in the 1930s and 40s.

The viciousness of the first email making a personal attack on me shows the mindsets of most (not all) Kashmiri Pandits. They will not present cool, logical arguments, they will substitute them by abuse. If this gentleman is deprived of his mobile and Internet for one day he will raise merry hell, cursing those who inflicted such an Inquisition on him. But he is not bothered about people dying in Kashmir because they could not get proper medical attention for some illness since communications are shut down.
 
A group of Kashmiri Pandits celebrate in Lucknow after abrogation of Article 370 
 
He is not bothered about the tension in the minds of Kashmiris living outside the valley since they are unable to communicate with their relatives living inside. If such persons had been Hindus, probably he too would have condemned the restrictions, but since they are Muslims he probably thinks they deserve it.

As for Imran Khan benefiting from my appeal, let me tell the Hon'ble gentleman this: I will condemn all atrocities on all human beings, whether Hindu, Muslim or of any other faith, and I am least concerned whether Imran Khan or Modi or anyone else benefits from it. If the Hon'ble gentleman lacks human feelings, that is his problem, not mine.
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Internet and mobiles are not luxuries but necessities today, and being deprived of them for even one day, what to say of 60 days (along with curfews and other restrictions), would make one's life hellish. .
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The second email I mentioned was from a female Kashmiri Pandit. Evidently she is a strong supporter of Modi (like most NRIs in America and almost all Kashmiri Pandits, both in India and abroad).
 
I may invite this lady's attention to my article 'All the perfumes of Arabia' which was published in The Hindu newspaper some years back and can be seen online.
 
In this article I have given strong proof that Modi was behind the massacre of about 2000 Muslims in Gujrat in 2002, and this is further corroborated by the statement of Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah who said his army unit was kept at Ahmedabad airport for 3 days and not allowed to enter the city when the massacre was going on.
 
It is also corroborated by the affidavit of Sanjiv Bhat, the brave police officer, given in the Supreme Court (for which he is suffering in jail).
 
I may also invite her attention to the lynchings of Muslims and other atrocities on them since 2014 when Modi came to power. Evidently, since the victims are Muslims she is not bothered, like most Kashmiri Pandits.

The lady seems upset because I described  the 50,000 NRIs present at the Howdy Modi function in Houston as buffoons. But dear lady, please tell me, how else should I describe them when Modi bragged meretriciously in his speech 'Everything is fine in India' (a statement he repeated in several languages) although everyone knows that this is a brazen lie, the economy has tanked, with GDP slipping down to 5%, auto sector, IT, power, real estate etc in the dumps, unemployment rising to record heights in 45 years (as admitted by the National Sample Survey), every second Indian child malnourished (as recorded by Global Hunger Index, UNICEF etc.), 50% of our women anaemic, over 300,000 farmers suicides (and the trend continuing unabated), almost total lack of proper healthcare and good education for our masses, onion prices skyrocketing, atrocities on minorities and dalits continuing, etc. 

When Modi made this astoundingly mendacious statement not one of these 50,000 NRIs, whom the lady calls her friends, had the moral courage to stand up and say "Mr Prime Minister, what you are saying is just not true. Nothing is fine in India".

And the lady accuses me of being uncivilised for calling buffoons as buffoons! Dear lady, you and your NRI friends may shamelessly carry on supporting Modi and the BJP (since Muslims were 'put in their place' in 2002 in Gujrat, and are being 'put in their place' today in Kashmir) but I regret I cannot join your ranks.

 
Justice Markandey Katju is former Judge, Supreme Court of India and former Chairman, Press Council of India.
 
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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FATHER OF NATION VS FATHER OF INDIA
How would have Mahatma Gandhi reacted?
04.10.19 - VIPIN PUBBY
How would have Mahatma Gandhi reacted?



United States president Donald Trump recently shocked everyone by calling prime minister Narendra Modi as Father of India. Trump can be pardoned for his poor knowledge of the history of India and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom struggle which earned him the epithet of Father of the nation.

It is likely that Modi himself may not have been very pleased with the way Trump had called him even though he may have started believing that he is one of the greatest leaders India has ever produced. Trump’s comment was ironically made in the year of the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma whom the British dreaded and who had led the country to force the Britishers out with his principles of non violence.

Modi has been evoking Mahatma Gandhi’s name for long and during his previous term had declared that Swatchh Bharat programme would be dedicated to him. On his 150th anniversary he was at Sabarmati Ashram to pay homage and declare the country as free from open Defecation.

But are we or the government really following the basic principles dear to the father of the nation or we continue to play lip service.
 
Take this claim that there is no open defecation in the country. Can it be believed ? Only the blind supporters of Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party would claim it to be true. For them it is advisable to go to slum areas, small cities, smaller towns and villages to see if that is correct. One can find thousands still forced to do it and they don’t do so because they like to do it.

This is not to say the government has not made efforts. It has and the awareness campaign it had launched deserves to be complimented. There is indeed much improvement in the situation but much more needs to be done. Back slapping oneself and claiming that the country has been rid of the problem is not the truth. Wonder how Mahatma Gandhi would have reacted to such an absurd claim.

Gandhi’s two traits stood out and are very relevant to the modern times. The first was communal harmony and the second was belief in democratic values and the use of non violence to achieve these objectives. Unfortunately those responsible for communal disharmony are among those who claim to be follow his path.

Perhaps the single most degeneration of Indian society since the freedom struggle, and which has taken a sharp downward turn in the last few years, is the increase in suspicion among various communities, particularly Hindus and Muslims.

There is still vast percentage of population, and certainly it is in majority by far, who believe in communal harmony and are not given to extreme views on either side. But the voice of this silent majority is submerged in the shouts and screams of those who are aggressive in their stance. These include both the leaders as well as their supporters. Those is the silent majority are the ones who don’t even come out to vote and prefer to watch in silence. Certainly a trait the Mahatma would not have appreciated.

Dark clouds are already building in the country with the Supreme Court declaring that it would take a call on the disputed Ram janambhoomi issue on October 18. Given the mood that has been built up, it is difficult to imagine that the verdict would be acceptable to all the parties concerned. One can only wish and pray that the aftermath of the the verdict remains violence free.

Gandhi’s other passion was for democracy and democratic values. Successive governments have continue to restrict that and the current government has taken certain extreme steps. For instance, the British law of sedition continues to be used against political activists, thinkers, authors, journalists and even actors. Despite courts some time intervening in such cases, no government has junked the law.

Similarly what is happening in Kashmir valley right now is something that is unprecedented. There is a lock down and Internet and mobile Services continue to remain shut for the last two months. Wonder what would be Mahatma doing at this juncture if he was around. We all know he was working for communal harmony in Bengal even as the nation was celebrating its independence and lakhs had gathered in Delhi to see the Indian tricolour unfurl at the Red Fort.

We still need to learn a lot from the thoughts and principles of Mahatma Gandhi. That would be the only way to pay true homage to him. 

 

 

(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career.)

 

 

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Dump the infiltrators into the sea
04.10.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU
Dump the infiltrators into the sea



Ever since the NRC (National Register of Citizens) was started in Assam, all states suddenly seem to be vying for it. Whether it is West Bengal, Haryana, Delhi, Karnataka, UP–everyone is rushing and making a beeline and mad scramble for it.

I too am in favor of NRC, and would like all ‘ghuspaithias’ (infiltrators) to be thrown out of the country, like ‘deemak’ or termites (as the Honble Home Minister has described them).

However, if Amit Shahji permits me a slight modification, I would like to apply NRC to 92-94% of the people living in India today, and have them all thrown out, like termites.

As I have explained in my article ‘What is India’ (see online), India is broadly a country of immigrants, like North America. Between 92 to 94% of people living in India today are not descendants of the original inhabitants of India but of immigrants, in other words, ‘ghuspaithias’ or termites, who should be deported forthwith to wherever they came from.

At one time it was thought that the original inhabitants of India were the Dravidians. But later, this theory was disproved by discovery of a Dravidian language Brahui in Balochistan, and linguistic study of the languages of Indian tribal which showed they do not speak a Dravidian but Munda (Austric) languages, etc. Now it is believed that even the Dravidians, and not just the Aryans, came from outside India.
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I would like to apply NRC to 92-94% of the people living in India today, and have them all thrown out, like termites.
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The view now generally accepted is that the original inhabitants of India were the pre-Dravidian tribal, whose descendants are known as the Adivasis or Scheduled Tribes, the STs (not to be confused with Scheduled Castes or SCs ) e.g. Bhils, Gonds, Santhals, Todas, etc who speak the Munda or Austric languages (which are totally unrelated to the Dravidian languages ). These are today only 6-8% of India’s population (see my judgment in the Supreme Court, Kailas vs State of Maharashtra, in this connection ).
 
They had been slaughtered in great numbers by the ghuspaithias and termites from outside India (including Amit Shah’s ancestors and my own) and driven into forests where they have eked out a miserable existence, eating the forest produce, and gathering tendu leaves to sell for making ‘bidis’.

To be logically consistent, the ghuspaithias into India, who comprise 92-94% of India’s population today, should now be deported to from wherever they came, and if that is not traceable, then to such uninhabited places like most of Australia, Antarctica, etc, and if even that is not possible, dumped into the sea.

 
Justice Markandey Katju is former Judge, Supreme Court of India and former Chairman, Press Council of India.
 
 

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KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

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WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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