New Delhi: Former Supreme Court Justice Markandeya Katju has once again given a controversial remark. In his latest blog, the former Press Council of India (PCI) chairman said that 'most of the politicians deserve to be shot'.
He also said that media has descended to low levels in diverting the attention of the people from real issues to trivialities like lives of film stars, cricket, astrology.
"I hate many things in India. I hate its massive poverty, unemployment, price rise, lack of healthcare and good education for the masses, malnourishment of 50% of its children, farmer suicides, discrimination against women, minorities, scheduled castes, etc. casteism, communalism, superstitions, politicians (most of whom deserve to be shot), most of the media (which has descended to low levels in diverting the attention of the people from real issues to trivialities like lives of film stars, cricket, astrology, etc)," his blog reads.
Without taking name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he further said that he has 'no second though that he committed crime by taking birth in India'.
"But I never thought that I have committed some sin in being born in India, as the great man recently said in Korea," it reads.
"Despite all evils in India (and there are many, as I have pointed out above), I have always been proud of being an Indian. While hating its evils, I marvel and am wonderstruck by the outstanding achievements of our ancestors in science, art, literature, philosophy, culture, and the bravery of its heroes like Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen (Masterda), Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla, Rajguru, Khudiram Bose, etc," it further reads.
Katju was responding to the Prime Minister's remark that 'earlier people felt ashamed of being born Indian but now feel proud to represent the country'.
"There was a time when people used to say we don't know what sins we committed in our past life that we were born in Hindustan. Is this any country, is this any government...we will leave," he had said in Hindi during his recent trip to three East Asian nations.
"Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian. Now you feel proud to represent the country. Indians abroad had all hoped for a change in government last year," he had added.
Katju has been embroiled in a number of controversies. Recently he had invited sharp criticism for calling Mahatma Gandhi a British agent.