Articles by Markandey Katju
Jan 11, 2020
India’s moment of turbulent revolution is here, and it's going to be long and bloody, writes Justice Markandey KatjuOur national aim must be to create a highly industrialised, prosperous country and a just social order in which our people get decent lives and enjoy a high standard of living. But to achieve that we have to wage a mighty historical struggle, make tremendous sacrifices and pass through terrible times.
Dec 29, 2019
Partition was a historic swindle that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh must see through; steps to undo British wrongdoing necessaryA historical united people’s struggle led by patriotic, modern-minded leaders, like Mustafa Kemal of Turkey or the leaders of Japan after the Meiji Restoration, will be required for bringing about a transformation to lift India from the ranks of underdeveloped to developed countries
Dec 21, 2019
Death sentence for Pervez Musharraf: High time for Pakistan's military leaders to be held accountable for misdeedsMusharraf is clearly guilty of high treason, as in 1999 he suspended the Pakistan Constitution after staging a blatantly unconstitutional army coup. He was again guilty of high treason in 2007 when he again suspended the Constitution, declared martial law, illegally suspended the Chief Justice of Pakistan, and dismissed judges of the Supreme Court and high court who did not take oath of allegiance to the army.
Nov 22, 2019
Protesting JNU students deserve your support not condemnation, writes ex-SC judge Markandey KatjuOver the past few days, condemnation has been levelled against the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' protest. In my opinion, the protests should be supported for a number of reasons
Sep 05, 2019
For those demanding aazadi for Kashmir, a reality check is long overdue, writes ex-SC judge Markandey KatjuKashmiris say that Kashmir was always independent. This is historically incorrect. Kashmir was only independent till 1587 when the last independent ruler Yusuf Shah Chak was deposed and exiled by Mughal emperor Akbar who incorporated Kashmir into the Mughal Empire
Dec 17, 2018
Pulwama encounter: Army can fight an army, not masses, says Markandey Katju on 7 civilian deaths after clashes with security forcesThe deaths of seven civillians in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district due to clashes with security forces at an encounter site has drawn sharp criticism for the Indian Army and other forces for their handling of the continued turbulence in the Kashmir valley.
Dec 04, 2018
Indian media's focus on frivolity is unconscionable; regulation could lift it from its present morassThe Indian state and the Indian media seem to try and divert public attention from the real issues facing the people, which are socio-economic, to entertainment like cricket, lives of film stars, babas, astrology, petty politics, etc.
Nov 28, 2018
BJP or Congress win in elections won't make a difference unless Indians shed their casteist, religious hangovers and uniteThe system of parliamentary democracy in India largely runs on the basis of caste and communal vote banks, but these feudal forces that divide our people and keep us backward. They must be destroyed if we are to progress, but parliamentary democracy further entrenches them.
Nov 22, 2018
What the judiciary needs is CJI Ranjan Gogoi's plan to curb pendency, make justice accessible, not his petulance and irascibilityJustice Ranjan Gogoi said that delay in justice is bringing the judiciary into disrepute, and that he had a plan for (a) resolving the problem of arrears (3.3 crore cases in Indian courts) and (b) providing access to justice to the poverty stricken people, a plan which he would soon unfold.
Sep 07, 2018
Section 377 Verdict: Gay marriage, inheritance, adoption laws unlikely; 'majoritarian' view will keep State, SC awayThe Supreme Court was able to read down Section 377 because right to equality guaranteed in the Constitution, but to legalise gay marriages, adoption or inheritance, requires legislative changes, something only the Parliament can do