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Simple Maths And Lazy Politics
29.02.20 - Shams Kabir
Simple Maths And Lazy Politics




Liberal support implies limited cohorts in support outside of urban agglomerations Therefore the AAP experiment to go national failed. Their support base was largely liberal.

Nationalism and soft-Hindutva obtains the majority vote in all states bar some. As a single cohort subscribing to any concrete ideology, however faecal, they are the largest.

The Prashant Kishor formula does not need the liberals. Tell me of one political leader he has advised not to cater to the Hindutva vote bank. Even Rahul was prey and his gotra being trotted out.

None of these leaders worked to consolidate the non-Hindutva vote. They all work to their own designs. Splitting the non-Hindutva vote and hoping for a slice of the Hindutva pie.

And therein lies the problem with their political ideologies. They confuse the real liberals in their support base. And at the same time they don't make a dent in the Hindutva vote. And so you have Congress going from hardly any seats in 2014 to hardly any more seats in 2019. Temple visits and gotras notwithstanding.

But the Congress still persists. Kejriwal will persist. So they will not call Hindutva out.

They will never take a concrete stance against Hindutva and then start building from there. I wonder what they are waiting for? I wonder if precedent and history escapes them? Their own!

And if today Kejriwal has lost the plank of an anti-corruption crusader - it is his own politics to blame. Ditto for Rahul. Not that there was any particular ideology that was attached to the Congress.

And so here we are. Amongst a set of lazy politicians. This laziness is also expressed in their choice of members with criminal pasts and presents. They are too lazy and too worried about short- term gains to make a change because much patience is what the task will need. And electoral failures will continue to dog them for a while. But they already do! They have lost sight of, if they ever did have their sights on, the long-term plans.

That is the sheer laziness of their morality and their politics.
 
Shams Kabir is former Head - Planning and Presentation of News Corp.
 
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Comment by: Sunny Rizvi

Very well thought out article. Good job! Have often wondered - where’s the 3rd national option? Cong would do well to finally accept that in their current avatar, they are done. Finito! But easier than Cong redesigning itself would be the emergence of a 3rd national front. Waiting...

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DELHI RIOTS & POLICE
Delhi Tragedy: Who is to be blamed and how could it have been avoided?
29.02.20 - Markandey Katju
Delhi Tragedy: Who is to be blamed and how could it have been avoided?



The tragic violence in Delhi would never have happened if the Delhi police had acted in the manner the police is meant to act in a democracy, as described in the speech of Sir Robert Mark (quoted herein), that is, in a totally neutral, non political and non partisan manner, regarding only one master above it—the law.

The moment the BJP leader Kapil Mishra gave his incendiary speech in Jafrabad the police should have told him in no uncertain terms that if he or his followers broke the law they will be arrested and chargesheeted for inciting violence. Instead, throughout the mayhem and fracas in Delhi the police remained mute, indifferent bystanders, turning a Nelson’s eyes at the rampaging goons, somewhat like the German police when Nazi strong arm S.A. and S.S. thugs let loose a reign of terror on Jews on Kristallnacht in November 1938.

It is true that civil servants and police officers are subordinate to their political masters. Nevertheless, they are also servants of the law, and must refuse to carry out illegal orders of the politicians. In the Nuremberg Trials after the end of the Second World War, the Nazi war criminals took the defense that they were only carrying out orders of their superior Hitler, but this plea was rejected, and many accused were hanged.

For some time after independence, the Indian bureaucracy and police officers maintained high standards. The political leaders would not ordinarily interfere with their functioning, and the senior officers would boldly and fearlessly object to such interference by their political masters.
 
Sardar Patel, in the Constituent Assembly Debates (vide volume 10, page 51 ), said ”My Secretary can write a note opposed to my views. I have given that freedom to all my Secretaries. I have told them that if they do not give their honest opinion for fear that it will displease their Minister, they had better go. I will bring another Secretary. I am never displeased over a frank expression of opinion".

The eminent jurist Seervai, in his ‘Constitutional Law of India‘ writes:

”If a civil service is to command the confidence of the people it must be a non-political civil service, discharging its duty fearlessly, no matter which political party is in power for the time being".

I remember when my grandfather, late Dr. K.N.Katju, was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, a complaint was made to him about serious misbehavior by a police officer. Dr Katju was thinking of suspending him, but then the Inspector General of Police (there were no Director Generals then) K.F.Rustamji (perhaps the most outstanding police officer India has known, who was later awarded the Padma Vibhushan), met him and said ”Sir, if you do that, it will have a demoralizing effect on the entire police force. Permit me instead to handle the matter". Dr Katju agreed, and Mr Rustami took appropriate action himself.

Unfortunately, thereafter there was a steady decline from these high standards, and particularly over the past several decades in India many bureaucrats and police officers aligned themselves and became toadies of some political leaders, and would do their illegal/improper bidding, obviously for getting some plum posting and/or other personal benefits. Some even collaborated and also shared in the benefits of corruption by politicians.

The Second Report of the Police Commission (published in 1979) stated ”Interference with the police system by external sources, especially the politicians, encourages the police personnel to believe that their career advancement does not at all depend on the merits of their professional performance, but by currying favor with politicians who count. Politicking and hobnobbing with politicians appear very worthwhile to them, and takes up most of their time to the detriment of performance of their professional jobs. This process sets the system on the downward slope to decay and total ineffectiveness ".

We may contrast this with the position in England.

In his book ‘Comparative Government’ Prof. S. E. Finer writes:

"Two American political scientists (Professors Almond and Verba) made a survey of what they called ‘the civic culture’ in five countries. These were USA, Britain, Germany, Italy and Mexico. Answering the query (in the opinion poll they held) ‘Which aspect of national life do you take most pride in?‘, two and a half percent Italians named their governmental arrangements and only four percent of the Germans.

In Britain, however, 33% named their governmental arrangements. Furthermore, four-fifths of the respondents believed that the civil servants would treat them fairly, and no less than nine-tenth believed that the police would. By international standards, these proportions are very high indeed, and they express what has been asserted: that, on the whole, the British esteem their political arrangements, and have confidence in them".

How police officers should function was best laid down by Sir Robert Mark (in pic), former Chief Commissioner of Police in a speech he gave to policemen in London :

"In the legal and constitutional framework in which society requires us to enforce the law, the most essential weapons in our armor are not firearms, water cannons, tear gas or rubber bullets, but the confidence and support of the people. This confidence and support depend on our personal and collective integrity, and in particular, on our long tradition of constitutional freedom from political interference in our operational role.

It is important for you to understand that the police are not the servants of the government at any level. "We do not act at the behest of a Minister or any political party, not even the party in government. We act on behalf of the people as a whole, and the powers we exercise cannot be restricted or widened by anyone, save Parliament alone".

What a contrast with the situation in India!
 
Justice Markandey Katju is former Judge, Supreme Court of India and former Chairman, Press Council of India. 

 
 
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Katju sir, very good article.I'm neither against Hindu or Muslims here, my question for you is what about the speech given by Waris Pathan and Owaisi. You only talk about the speech given by Kapil Mishra.

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SEDITION CASE
Approval to prosecution of Kanhaiya; Kejriwal is trying to be too clever by half
29.02.20 - Markandey Katju
Approval to prosecution of Kanhaiya; Kejriwal is trying to be too clever by half



 
I am no supporter of Kanhaiya Kumar, rather, I have repeatedly called him, and his erstwhile colleagues in JNU, Delhi Shehla Rashid and Umar Khalid, empty headed demagogues.

Nevertheless, I do not believe he, or his colleagues, committed any crime on the JNU campus on 9th February 2016 (see my article ‘JNU's protesting students deserve our full support‘). Hence I was surprised that the Delhi AAP Govt has sanctioned his prosecution.

The meeting on 9th February 2016 was to protest against hanging of Afzal Guru and support the struggle of Kashmiris. 

It is alleged that some students shouted "Afzal hum sharminda hain, tere qatil zinda hain". But I fail to see how this is sedition (even assuming Kanhaiya too shouted it, and the videos were not morphed). Moreover, I myself have many reservations about the verdict of the Supreme Court in Afzal Guru’s case.

It is alleged that Kanhaiya and others shouted seditious slogans on that night in support of the demand of Kashmiris for azadi. But is demanding azadi a crime? I submit it is not, and it is protected by the freedom of speech granted by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. 

The Indian Supreme Court in two decisions, viz Arup Bhuyan vs State of Assam, and Sri Indra Das vs State of Assam (both delivered in 2011, see online), has followed the Brandenburg test laid down by the US Supreme Court in its historic decision in Brandenburg vs Ohio (1969) that a speech is protected by the First Amendment unless it incites" imminent lawless action". 

In that decision, which still holds the field today, the US Supreme Court observed

"The Constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a state to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or law violation, except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action, and is likely to incite or produce such action".

Though I do not approve of the demand of azadi (for Kashmiris, Khalistanis, etc) I do not regard such a demand to be criminal. It will become criminal only if one goes further and commits violence or incites ‘imminent’ lawless action. Otherwise, by itself such a demand is protected by the freedom of speech in Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution.

The word ‘imminent’ in the Brandenburg test is crucial. It makes more defined and more rigorous the ‘clear and present danger’ test of the celebrated Justice Holmes of the US Supreme Court in Schenck vs US ( 1919 ). From that perspective it becomes evident that Kanhaiya Kumar committed no crime. Perhaps the legal position was not correctly explained to the AAP leaders, and so I request them to reconsider their decision. 

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

 
 
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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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Comment by: Henr

Katju unfortunately did not have the knowledge that other Supreme Court judges had to make a verdict against Afsal. After retiring, he trying to blurt out against Supreme court’s verdict is purely Cowardice!
Saying “freedom of speech granted by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution” is as good as he saying, if tomorrow his children look at Kadju and say he is not their father, he has to accept it as the freedom of....

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Dinkar Gupta was not born when Sikhs made sacrifices, forged a compact with India: Barjinder Singh Hamdard
23.02.20 - Punjab Today Media Desk
Dinkar Gupta was not born when Sikhs made sacrifices, forged a compact with India: Barjinder Singh Hamdard



CHANDIGARH: Coming down heavily on Punjab Police chief Dinkar Gupta, the influential mass circulation daily Ajit today castigated him for suspecting the entire Sikh community, and said he was following in the foot prints of his boss chief minister Amarinder Singh who had displayed poor taste and an entirely poor sense of timing in the matter of Kartarpur Corridor.

"The police chief's statement has brought the entire approach and intention of the Congress government under a cloud," Ajit's editor and well known media baron Barjinder Singh Hamdard said in a hard-hitting editorial.

"This police chief was not even born (ਪੁਲਿਸ ਮੁਖੀ ਉਦੋਂ ਪੈਦਾ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਨ ਹੋਏ) when Sikhs made huge sacrifices to win freedom for this country. It is possible that Dinkar's memory is failing and he no more remembers what he had read or heard in his younger years, so he might not be able to recall the fact that lakhs of families left their homes and hearths behind in Pakistan to make India their home as part of a commitment," Hamdard reminded Gupta a day after the police chief claimed that the Kartarpur Corridor was likely to be used by Pakistan to turn any devotee into a terrorist in a span of mere six hours.

Ajit, which proclaims itself as the voice of the panth and is fairly popular among Punjabis, said Dinkar's words were a clear pointer that "conspiracy was on as part of a well-crafted strategy to somehow shut down the Corridor under some pretext."

"Without a doubt, such statements and the steps being taken towards such an unsavoury end were akin to rubbing salt in the wounds that have been inflicted on the Sikh psyche," Hamdard wrote in his signed editorial.

The editorial said the Sikh community was still miffed with the fact that the government has put in place many restrictions and a number of devout cannot access the passage to the shrine inside Pakistan, thus forced to stay content by looking at it through a pair of binoculars.

In contrast, the newspaper had effusive praise for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who, it said, displayed a generous and large heart and pulled out all stops to make the Corridor operational.

"Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has displayed a positive attitude. and inaugurated the Corridor himself on November 9, where he also thanked Imran Khan," Hamdard said.

But chief minister Amarinder Singh came in for some strong criticism.

"At the auspicious occasion of inauguration, the kind of attitude displayed by CM Amarinder Singh and the language he deployed towards Pakistan instead of thanking that nation, it was very unfortunate and condemnable," Hamdard said.

He recalled that Amarinder Singh thought it a fit occasion to badmouth Pakistan, referred to the hungry people in that country and swooped down to the level of a bully, issuing threats and proclaiming that "we are not wearing bangles and will give a stunning reply to Pakistan.”

Here are Hamdard's words in chaste Punjabi: "ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਨੂੰ ਭੰਡਿਆ… ਉਸ ਦੇਸ਼ ਦੀ ਭੁੱਖਮਰੀ ਦਾ ਜ਼ਿਕਰ ਕੀਤਾ… ਸਟੇਜ ਤੋਂ ਧਮਕੀ ਭਰੇ ਲਹਿਜ਼ੇ ਵਿਚ ਇਹ ਵੀ ਆਖ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਜੇਕਰ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਹਰਕਤਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਜ਼ ਨਾ ਆਇਆ ਤਾਂ ਸਾਡੇ ਕਿਹੜੀਆਂ ਚੂੜੀਆਂ ਪਾਈਆਂ ਹੋਈਆਂ ਹਨ… ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਨੂੰ ਮੂਧਾ ਪਾ ਕੇ ਭੰਨਾਂਗੇ।”
He said Dinkar was simply following Amarinder Singh's script, and while remaining alert about security concerns was an  understandable national interest, the intention behind the latest turn of events betrayed vested interests at work.

Barjinder Singh Hamdard recalled that the UN Secretary General António Guterres had termed the same Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as a living example of Pakistan’s  desire for peace and inter-religious harmony.

"It is possible that some Punjab politicians and bureaucrats working with a certain mindset might not have been able to digest such a narrative," Hamdard said, mincing no words about the police chief or his boss.
 

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Comment by: Sahib singh

Dinkar gupta is a part of such politicians who are opposing kartarpur sahib corridor in one way or the other. Don't forget that gupta is officer of delhi.

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The Nirbhaya Case: Question Of Correct Identification
21.02.20 - Markandey Katju
The Nirbhaya Case: Question Of Correct Identification



 
The whole of India seems to be baying for the blood of the accused who have been found guilty in the Nirbhaya gang rape committed in December 2012 in Delhi, and are scheduled to be hanged on the morning of 20th March.

Ever since this heinous crime was committed, emotions in the country have been running high, with politicians, media persons, women activists and others howling and shrieking like the Roman mob after Caesar’s assassination, and wanting someone to be hanged, never mind that he is Cinna the poet and not Cinna the conspirator.

In this charged atmosphere it is difficult to give a cool appraisal due to the danger of being branded as a supporter of rapists. However, I would like to present my views, based on my experience as a lawyer for 20 years and a judge for another 20.

I am not for abolition of the death penalty, as I believe that sometimes it should be given. I regard Nirbhaya’s case as falling within the category of ‘rarest of rare’ cases which deserves the death penalty, as per Bachan Singh vs State of Punjab (1980) in view of the heinous nature of the crime.

I do not agree with Indira Jaisingh who asked Nirbhaya’s mother to forgive. Why should she?

I also do not agree with many of the arguments of A.P. Singh, the learned counsel for the accused.

My concern is only about one point: the question of correct identification. Let me explain.

Anyone who has knowledge of the working of the Indian police knows that it often spreads the net wide in implicating the accused. In cases where there are several accused in a crime, this is a common practice.
 
For instance if 3 or 4 persons really committed a crime, the police often implicates 6 or 7 persons, which no doubt includes the 3 or 4 real culprits, but also includes 3 or 4 innocents. It is often difficult for the court to distinguish between the two, and therefore there is danger of innocents being convicted along with the really guilty. It is well known that the police in our country manufactures evidence (by producing false witnesses, fake documents etc) and the evidence in respect of the two categories (the real culprits and the innocents) may be exactly the same.

In the case of the Nirbhaya accused, it is alleged that they all confessed to the crime. But it is well known that our police often applies third degree methods to extract ‘confessions’. Torture is such a terrible thing that one will confess to everything under torture. Joan of Arc confessed to be a witch under torture.

I am not saying that all the four accused who are going to be hanged are innocent. But I have always a lurking suspicion that one (or possibly two) may be. The incident was of the night, and the sole witness could have been tutored by the police (police tutoring is commonplace in India). As regards the other evidence—dying declarations, DNA and odontology tests etc—I have too much experience in the legal world to rely on them implicitly. 

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

 
 
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Comment by: Pradeep.trivedi

Respected katju sir, I m fully agree with u but now court and advocate really appreciate for this ignorance?This is judiciary responsibility to save inoocent??

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Comment by: Anwar Khan Ghauri

Very candid article

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Comment by: Anwar Khan Ghauri

Very candid article

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