Akbar Allahabadi (1846-1921) is regarded by many to be a reactionary poet. However, in the poem whose verses follow, he showed himself as surprisingly progressive, and brilliantly captured in verse the coming changes in society in this transitional age.
I quoted many Urdu couplets (shers) in some of my judgments (see my book 'Justice With Urdu' published by Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt.... View more »
Samiul Ansari
Wael Ali
Anzar Khan
No Opposition to BJP
Today there is no credible opposition to BJP in India, and it is getting a walk over..
Most of the opposition parties in India are caste based. But ordinarily no caste has by itself 10-15% of the population numerically. It was only by a combination of several castes that a political party could win the elections, but such caste combinations have become more difficult to... View more »
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Sathish Kumar A
Venkat Nvs
A former Congress Minister called a new English T.V. channel anti-national.
But the Congress party, except in the early years after Independence when it had very upright leaders like Kamaraj and Dr. B.C.Roy, later became a party largely of looters and crooks. So the Congress became an anti-national party, because those who loot the country are anti national
Arun Kumar
Abul Kalam AK
Poonam Desai Dubey
Salman Khan
Vinod Sharma
Mohammad Shoyeb Ali
Had a skype talk with a young Pakistani friend who lives in Lahore and has recently been married.
He has a family business doing well in which he has started working. He has also qualified as a lawyer, and wanted my opinion whether he should start law practice.
I told him that he should continue in business, where he is already earning well. It takes many years to build up a law practice, and... View more »
Sreeram Muthuraman
Kulyash Singh
Aasim Aslam Abbasi
I have posted a twitter poll on my twitter account @mkatju :
" Should Indians support the Indian army in all circumstances irrespective of its behaviour ? "
Please cast your vote. At present the vote is 46% Yes, 54% No
Prem Prakash
Saksham Gupta
Jitendra Bhatt
Manivannan Jurix
Anzar Khan
Faisal Mukkam
A limited Indo-Pak war is coming
To my mind a limited, non nuclear Indo-Pak war is inevitably coming.
Consider the facts :
1. The Kashmiri miltants will keep making small scale attacks on Indian armymen and the CRPF. These will be typical guerilla type hit and run acts, leaving a few Indian security men killed each time. The militants have the element of surprise in their favour since they... View more »
Rajiv Medanki
Robert Anthony Chethalan
Shariat Siddiqui
Beef ban
I am not a popularity seeker, and I am against beef ban. I see nothing wrong in eating beef. Almost the whole world eats it---America, Europe, Africa, Arab countries, China, Japan, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand etc and even people in some states in India. Are they all wicked people, and only Hindus are sadhu sants ?
And how can a cow be 'gomata' ? Can an animal be a... View more »

Ban on Beef

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Sanjeev Kumar Singh
Pritiman Mishra
Ashwati Singh
Beef ban
I am not a popularity seeker, and I am against beef ban. I see nothing wrong in eating beef. Almost the whole world eats it---America, Europe, Africa, Arab countries, China, Japan, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand etc and even people in some states in India. Are they all wicked people, and only Hindus are sadhu sants ?
And how can a cow be 'gomata' ? Can an animal be a... View more »

Ban on Beef

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आर्त्तत्राण पट्टनायक
Arun Pandiyan
Rajil Panaparambil P R
Today, 24th May, is the birth anniversary of one of my favourite Urdu poets, Majrooh Sultanpuri ( 1919-2000 ), uncle of my dear friend Wajahat Husasin Khan, Advocate Allahabad High Court
Given below is his nazm which is one of my favourites

Dushman kī dostī hai ab ahl-e-watan ke saath
hai ab ḳhizāñ chaman meñ naye pairahan ke saath
sar par havā-e-zulm chale sau jatan ke saath
apnī kulāh... View more »
Today 24th May is the birth anniversary of one of my favourite

SATYAM BRUYAT - Justice Katju

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Pritiman Mishra
Sri Fauji
Nusrat Tasneem
Burqa
No choice should be given to Muslim women whether to wear burqa or not. It must be totally banned. No freedom can be absolute. We must suppress feudal practices like wearing burqa if we are to progress. Parents must not be given a choice to send their children to a madarsa or saraswati shishu mandir. They must be compelled to send them to a modern secular school
Rabia Aziz
Imran Ahmad
Md G R Ahmed
Indian Liberals
Sagarika Ghose's article ' A Charter for Indian Liberals ' in today's ' Times of India ' reminds me of Matthew Arnold's description of Shelley : ' A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain '.
Not that I do not have a high opinion of Sagarika. I regard her as a brave journalist who has often spoken out against bigotry and irrationality.... View more »
Aadil Khan
Priyamvada Premlata Singh
Hanan Ansari
The dilemma in Kashmir
From what I can gather, the Indian army and CRPF are facing the same dilemma in Kashmir which Napoleon's army faced in Spain, the British army in the American colonies, the French army in Algeria, the American army in Vietnam, and the Russian army in Afghanistan.
The cause of the dilemma is this : the Kashmiri population is almost entirely alienated and hostile to... View more »
Imran Kirmani
Kamal Joshi
Saurabh Daga
Raj Gangwar
Manish Kumar Nimesh
Zaid Alam
Secularism in India
While India claims to be a secular country, with a secular Constitution, the truth is that the vast majority of Hindus are communal, and so are the vast majority of Muslims ( though they may not say so openly ).
One proof of this is that when Muslims are lynched or attacked in India only a minority of Hindus are horrified at this, while the vast majority are indifferent,... View more »
Irshad Khan
Umair HD
Saurabh Pandey
Unacceptable
The award of a commendation by the army chief to the army officer in Kashmir who used a Kashmiri, Farooq Dar, as a human shield is unacceptable.
[ Indiatimes.com Link ]
Farooq Dar was beaten with gun butts and lathis, and his bicycle damaged. He is only a weaver, and had nothing to do with stone pelting. For 5 hours he was tied to a jeep and driven around several villages.
In... View more »
Unacceptable The award of a commendation by the army chief to the

Army officer, who tied man to jeep in J&K, awarded for counter-insurgency ops - Times of India

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Amit Ajc Mishra
Elizabeth Ralte
Sheriff Babu
Back in India
Ramadoss Praveen Raj
Ashutosh Malasi
Mohammed Athar Siddiqui
Reservations
The caste system is a curse for India and must be destroyed if we are to progress ( see my article ' Caste System in India ' on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in )
But in my opinion caste reservations have done the greatest harm to the S.C.s/ S.T.s. since far from helping destroy the caste system they have helped in perpetuating it. Had it not been for these reservations, by now... View more »
Altaf Hussain Wani
Arjun Sidharth
Manick M
Cricket is the opium of the Indian masses used by the establishment including media to divert attention from real issues
Cricket is the opium of the Indian masses used by the establishment

Cricket: The opium of the Indian masses

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Mohammed Jamseer