Justice Markandey Katju- A lawyer friend of mine told me this story when I was a lawyer in Allahabad High Court. This friend, who was a few years older than me, is now no more. In the late 1950s, a convocation was held in the Allahabad University. In this function, some university students, including my […]
The great Italian poet and philosopher Dante ( 1265-1321 ) wrote ” Segui Il tuo corso e lascia dir le gente ” ( Follow your own path, no matter what people say ).
Just as there have been many Urdu poets but Mirza Ghalib ( 1797-1869 ) is universally regarded a shade above everyone else, so also there have been many ghazal and thumri singers in India and Pakistan ( Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hasan, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Girja Devi, Shobha Gurtu, Noorjehan, Iqbal Bano, etc ) but Begum Akhtar ( 1914-74 ) stands a shade above everyone else.
I had written an article ‘Is India a nation ?’ which was published in indicanews.com, in which I mentioned that the culture of India, and which makes it a nation, is its Sanskrit-Urdu culture.
All Indians (including South Indians) have read in their school history books of the great Mauryan Empire, the Gupta Empire, the Empire of Harshavardhan, the Mughal Empire, etc.
Some people criticize the American people for what they did in Vietnam, Iraq etc, but I am their great admirer. What giants they have produced–George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and a host of others.
Justice Markandey Katju- Bengalis whose forefathers left Bengal several generations ago ( many over 100-200 years ago ) still speak Bengali ( apart from English and Hindi ), whereas my ancestor left Kashmir about 200 years back and I can’t speak Kashmiri ( which is totally different from Hindi ). Tamilians and people of other states […]