What will happen next in India?

1. This can be called the Second Janata Party government, because it will have many features of the Janata Party government which came into existence in 1977 following the Emergency.

The Janata Party of 1977 was really a coalition of several parties whose leaders, like Morarji Desai and Charan Singh, fought each other, and did little else, (except instituting cases against Indira Gandhi), until the party collapsed in 1979. Similar is likely to be the fate of the present unholy alliance.

Justice Markandey Katju: Taslima Nasreen’s knowledge of Islam

Justice Markandey Katju says: Taslima Nasreen is a brave woman. In her novel ‘Lajja’, she condemned the attacks on the Hindu minority in Bangladesh following the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992. The threats, fatwas and attacks against her are deplorable. However, her wholesale condemnation of Islam seems subjective, probably stemming from her bitter personal experiences, rather than an empirical understanding of religion in general, or a deep study of Islam in particular.

Who should Muslims turn to?

By Justice Markandey Katju- (Justice Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own) I had written articles critical of Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi. https://indicanews.com/2023/06/06/justice-markandey-katju-on-rahul-gandhis-visit-to-the-united-states/ https://writerscafeteria.com/guest-blogging/priyanka-gandhis-narmada-puja/ A Muslim friend settled in America messaged me: I do not disagree with your analysis. […]

California Indian Americans host first-of-its-kind Kashmir Conclave

Eminent citizens, speakers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists converged in California recently to discuss Jammu and Kashmir and the way ahead after the abrogation of Article 370 by the Narendra Modi government on August 21, 2019. The first-of-its-kind Kashmir Conclave was held May 13, at India Community Center in Milpitas, California. The Kashmir Conclave team, hosted by a group of individuals mainly Kashmir natives played a crucial role in organizing the event, including accomplished entrepreneurs, lawyers and doctors. The team members include Jeevan Zutshi, Zara Hashim, Irfan Ali, and Tasawar Jalali.

India rebuts US report on religious freedom

India on Tuesday rejected the US State Department report on international religious freedom and said it was based on “misinformation and flawed understanding.” According to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We are aware of the release of the US State Department 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom. Regrettably, such reports continue to be based on misinformation and flawed understanding.”

Justice Markandey Katju: Did Pakistan’s loss to England call for an Indian celebration? No!

Justice Markandey Katju says: Many Indians celebrated Pakistan’s defeat by England in the T20 World Cup cricket final on November 13, 2022, as if India had won the Cup. These fools did not understand that India and Pakistan (and Bangladesh) are, in fact, one country, only temporarily divided by the British (the way they divided Ireland, Cyprus, Palestine, etc) by that historical swindle called Partition in 1947, on the basis of the bogus two-nation theory.

California’s caste-discrimination bill SB 403 passes Judiciary Committee with an 8-0 vote

Protests, petitions, and meetings with lawmakers did not stop the California Senate Judiciary Committee to vote ‘Yes’ to SB 403: Discrimination on the Basis of Caste, which passed the committee with a resounding 8-0 vote on April 25. SB 403 or State Bill 403 is a piece of legislation introduced to make the state free of caste-based discrimination. If signed into law, California will become the first state in America to make caste bias illegal by adding it as a protected category in the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

Is India a nation?

Speaking at Cambridge University in 1880, a high official of the British Raj named Sir John Strachey said  “This is the first and foremost thing to learn about India, that there is not, and never was an India, or even any country of India possessing, according to European ideas, any sort of unity – physical, political, social and religious–no Indian nation, no ‘people of India’, of which we hear so much.” 

Justice Katju: Seattle bans caste discrimination

Recently, the city of Seattle in the USA. banned caste discrimination.

This appeared silly to me. So I put up this satirical post on my Facebook page: “Seattle, a city in the USA, has banned caste discrimination. I think it is an excellent idea and should be emulated in India. Our Parliament should follow suit by enacting laws banning poverty, hunger, unemployment, disease, price rise, caste, communalism, and corruption. etc. After all, making laws will end these evils.”

Emperor Ashoka’s 12th Major Rock Edict

”Thus, saith his Sacred and Gracious Majesty the King: The beloved of the Gods (Devanaam Priya) King Piyadassi, honors all religions. Religions other than one’s own should also be honored, and the essentials of all religions should be promoted. If one acts thus, he promotes his own religion and benefits other religions too.If one acts otherwise, he hurts his own religion and hurts other religions too. One should not extol and glorify his own religion while disparaging the religion of others, for by doing so he diminishes the value of his own religion. Whoever disparages the religion of others while extolling and glorifying his own, harms his own religion grievously. Therefore, concord is commendable.”