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The Storm Ahead
FAILURE OF THE STATE INSTITUTIONS
30.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

"Hai maujazan ek kulzum-e-khoon, kaash yahi ho
Aata hai abhi dekhiye, kya kya merey aage"
 
(A turbulent sea of blood is before me
But see what is coming ahead)
                            - Mirza Ghalib
 
I am in the evening of my life (I just crossed 73), and my remaining years will be spent on educating the Indian people (including the NRIs of America, where I am living presently, who though very good in their technical jobs, are simpletons and gullible fools in other respects).

The crux of what I teach is this: in this world there are really two worlds;

First, the world of the developed, highly industrialised countries, i.e. North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and China.

Second, the world of the underdeveloped countries, including India (which is perhaps the most developed of the underdeveloped countries).

Our national aim must be to transform India from the second ...
  


India's Vietnam syndrome
KASHMIR CONFLICT
29.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

A time comes to speak the truth, and I suppose that time has come and it is I who will have to bell the cat. So here it is:

Kashmir will soon become what Vietnam was for the French and the Americans, Afghanistan for the Russians, and Spain for Napoleon.

Those who are today gloating over their 'great victory' by abolition of Article 370, will soon wake up to a nightmare when body bags start coming back in large numbers from Kashmir, as it happened in the Vietnam war.

Internet and mobiles are today a necessity, not a luxury. Depriving a person of these for even one day can make one miserable, so one can imagine the plight of people going without them for almost two months. Added to this are the curfews and other restrictions.

Remove the restrictions, and popular protests will engulf the whole valley. Continue them, and the pot will boil ...
  


Wake up India, Dark Days Ahead!
24.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU

SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED in India which reminds me of what happened in Germany during the Nazi era.

After Hitler took power in January 1933 almost the whole of Germany went mad, people shouting ‘ Heil Hitler‘,  ‘Sieg Heil ‘, ‘Juden Verecke‘, and adoring that madman like hypnotised zombies. One can see it all on YouTube.

Germans are such highly cultured people, who produced great scientists like Max Planck and Einstein, great writers like Goethe and Schiller, great poets like Heine, great musicians like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, great reformers like Martin Luther, great philosophers like Kant, Nietzsche, Hegel and Marx, great mathematicians like Leibnitz, Gauss and Riemann, and great statesmen like Frederick the Great and Bismarck. I found every German I met to be a fine person.

Nevertheless, when Hitler came on the scene and said Germans were Herrenvolk (master race) and Jews were responsible for all their ills, they stupidly swallowed this ...
  


The Indian Supreme Court on trial
THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO LIFE & LIBERTY
20.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU


The most important case going on in India today is not the Babri Masjid/ Ram Mandir dispute but the trial of the Indian Supreme Court by the people of India. And a litmus test in this trial will be the behaviour of the Court in the case against the arrest and detention of Farooq Abdullah under the draconian J&K Public Safety Act.

The Supreme Court was created by the Constitution of India on 26th January 1950, and a few months after the promulgation of the Constitution it was held by a Constitution Bench of the Court in Romesh Thapar vs State of Madras that "The Supreme Court is constituted as the protector and guardian of the fundamental rights of the people". This view has been reiterated in several subsequent decisions of the Court e.g, the 9 Judge Bench decision I.R.Coelho vs State of Tamilnadu.

The most precious of all the fundamental rights ...
  


KASHMIR — Human beings, citizens, people or Homo Sacers Living A Bare Life?
UNDERSTANDING WHY IT IS DONE?
18.09.19 - Swarajbir

A recent article by Dr Swarajbir, Editor, Punjabi Tribune, and one of the leading influential voices of our times in this region, has caught the imagination of the larger intellectual world. A number of our readers who have an equal felicity with the English language had asked us to get it translated so that it can be made accessible to a much wider audience.

PUNJAB TODAY is happy to bring you this thought-provoking piece that brings out the socio-political matrix in which today’s KASHMIR becomes possible, a paradise reduced to a Bare Life.

This translation has been undertaken at PUNJAB TODAY’s own initiative.
— Editor

KASHMIR — Human beings, citizens, people or Homo Sacers Living A Bare Life?
 
Swarajbir
 
A FEW YEARS AGO, a friend opened for me the wonders of the intellectual world of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, particularly the concept of "the state of exception" that he had developed.

Some of his constructs engage the ...
  



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