Pakistan a fake country, says PCI chief Katju
‘Nation born out of Britain’s bogus two-nation theory’
Calling Pakistan a “fake country,” Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Justice (Retd) Markandey Katju said the country was an artificial creation born out of Britain’s “bogus” two-nation theory.
The former Supreme Court judge was confident that in the next 15-20 years India and Pakistan would reunite and a strong, powerful, secular and modern minded government would come to power.
He condemned the recent ‘war hysteria’ created by the media over the beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistani troops in a cross border attack across the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir.
“First of all, let me tell you one thing, Pakistan is no country. It’s a fake country, it’s artificially created country by the British who had the policy of divide and rule by starting this bogus two-nation theory that Hindus and Muslims have two separate nations,” he said at a panel discussion here.
“We are fools and were taken for a ride by the Britishers. What is Pakistan? It is Punjab and Sindh, which is actually part of India,” he said at the discussion on “Fuelling Indo-Pak Crisis: Mutilation or the media” at Delhi University.
Katju said: “It is anti-national to talk about war between the two nations. Our economies, which are already in poor state, would be ruined. You must know that war is a very expensive affair and we are a poor country. We have fought three wars, has the standard of living of the people risen because of wars?” He criticised the media for making a hue and cry over non-issues like film stars and cricketers, while ignoring important issues of poverty, price rise, unemployment and malnutrition among children and farmers’ suicide.
“In the last 15 years, 2.5 lakh farmers have committed suicide but it was suppressed by the media for five years and came to light only when P Sainath had reported it. Even now no one is reporting it, instead they are reporting with whom Karina is having an affair or (Sachin) Tendulkar making his 100th hundred,” Katju said. He wondered how Tendulkar’s 100th hundred would raise the standard of living of the people. Katju also attacked the media’s round-the-clock coverage of Anna Hazare’s agitation and said there was a great hue and cry about his agitation as if he would solve all the problems.
“Is he a modern Moses? He has no scientific ideas. He has honesty but what about scientific ideas, take the example of his method to eradicate alcoholism. The media created a hype, as if all the problems would be solved now,” he said.
Katju wanted the media to decide if it would stand by the side of the people or the “anti-people,” as India passes through a transitional phase in its history from feudal, agricultural society to a modern and an industrial one.
“In this transitional period, the role of the media is very important as it should not only give information, which is its primary role, but should also give leadership ideas to people,” the PCI Chairman said. The media should support a cause and cannot remain neutral.
He also attacked “educated elite” for promoting communalism and casteism and said while voting they do not go by the merit of a candidate but by his or her caste.