Justice Markandey Katju-
Many Muslims don’t seem happy with my recent Facebook posts.
So let me tell them frankly. I am not a popularity seeker. I don’t want your votes. I don’t care whether you are pleased or displeased by what I say. If you want to be pleased go to Owaisi or Zakir Naik or some Maulana who will please you with his honey coated words, though they may accentuate your illness. From me you will only get bitter pills which try to reveal to you your stupidity, and how to eliminate it.
2+2=4 makes you unhappy, so be it. I will not say it is 3 or 5 to please you.
Most of you are poor and backward, as the Sachar Committee Report said, because you have foolishly stuck to (1) sharia (2) burqa (3) madarsas and (4) maulanas. These are leeches on your body, which will keep sucking your blood and keep you weak and debilitated unless you get rid of them. Were there maulanas and madarsas at the time of the Prophet? No, there were none. Then how did these excrescences come into existence. Obviously because of some vested interests who wanted to keep you stupid and poor and exploited.
You have departed from the path shown by the great Prophet who said that for knowledge go even to China. Instead, you have been taught, for knowledge go to the maulana and madarsas where your head will be crammed with reactionary nonsense and unscientific ideas.
You rejected the correct path for progress shown by the great Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal who ruthlessly abolished feudal laws, institutions and practices like the Caliphate, sharia, burqa, madarsas, etc and you stupidly denounced him as being un-Islamic.
So, let me tell you, I will always speak out against any atrocity committed on you, as my record shows, but will always harshly criticize your stupid feudal reactionary mindsets and practices. I will do this for your own good, though I know that in return I will often get curses and invective from many of you.
[Justice Markandey Katju is former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own].