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India, Pak have failed in giving minorities their due: Katju

Saturday, 5 January 2013
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New Delhi, January 05:

Both India and Pakistan have failed on the test for a civilised society as minorities in either of the countries are not respected, Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju said today.

For every civilised society, there is a test that how does it treat minorities. Unless minorities can live with
dignity and respect, it is not a civilised society. And on that criterion both India and Pakistan have failed," he said.

"Neither we respected the minorities - what happened to Sikhs in 1984, to Muslims in 2002, to Kashmiri Pandits. And in Pakistan, Hindus are coming to India because they can't live with dignity.

Nor Christians, Ahmediyyas and Shias...Neither India is a civilised society, nor Pakistan is a civilised society.

Both of us do not treat our minorities with respect," he added.

The PCI Chairman was speaking at the book release function of 'Sarabjit Singh : A case of mistaken identity' written by Awais Sheikh.

Sheikh is Singh's lawyer in Pakistan.

Indians and Pakistanis who are lodged in jails of either country become victims of propaganda which the British had
unleashed after 1857, Katju said.

Sarabjit and Dr Khalil Chishty have been victims to the mindset that communal propaganda which had been started by the British," he said.

The matter related to Sarabjit is not an isolated one.

There are historical reasons that form the background.

The mindset that has been created after Partition - in India that all Pakistanis are bad, and in Pakistan that all Indians are bad.

Sarabjit Singh and Dr Khalil Chishty are victims of that propaganda," Katju said.

While Singh is languishing in a Lahore jail for nearly 22 years, Chishty was released recently after spending 20 years in Ajmer jail.

--------------------------------PTI

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secular mind personalities

Chief Justice (R) Katju perception is very different and humanitarian . His views are impressive, on how a particular community being suppressed based on hate policies injected by British as revenge for having taken independent from British Raj and now from Israel against world Muslims. Surprise even educated Indian elites been influenced and polluted as anti-Muslims instead being secular and respect fellow compatriots for their rights. But in Mr. Katju we see a different mindset and humanity in this son of Indian soil, following Gandhian philosophy and also regards the Congress veteran leader Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer. They are from our respected secular Indian elites. Person like Mr. Katju need to be our national leader.

hindus are just coming to india

Hindus are just coming to india but nothing happened to them in Pakistan, but if you see here, minorities are being killed by Majorities...

Jai Hind

Katju`s over reacting.

Mr. M.Katju is over reacting to the issues, his comparing Pakistan with India is unjustified, Pakistan is a failed nation where as India is the second larges Democracy, Minorities are safe here,in every country there are negligible incidents against Minorities,it is same in India, Punjab is the state where Sikhs rule, no Sikh is poor in India, where as other Minorities, Like Muslims,are backward due to their own problems, one such is Leadership failure.Mr. Katju is over reacting , it looks he is trying to contest the next election and wants to enter the parliament.

Aparthied Indias atrocities towards Muslims

Talk about India and see how Muslims had been deprived and seggregated from goverments, jobs, proper living conditions and not to mention they are insulted with all kinds of illegal temples even in the vicinities of mosque areas and BJP terrorist tormenting every day.

katju on minorities

i appreciate the courage that he has express what has in his mind. mr.katju is absolutely right. both the countries has given their rights. in both the countries minorities are supressed, denied the rights.

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