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The greatest crime in history

SATYAM BRUYAT - Justice Katju

By Justice Markandey Katju Many people believe that the greatest crime in history was sending 6 million Jews to gas chambers in extermination camps at Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, etc by the Nazis. Germans are blamed for this, but does anyone talk of what the British did to Indians during …

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The BJP overkill in West Bengal, predicts Justice Katju

Modi-and-Mamata

The BJP overkill in West Bengal By Justice Markandey Katju The state assembly elections in West Bengal are the centre of political attention nowadays in India. Several opinion polls about the elections ( whose first of its eight phases is over ) predicted that the tally of the right-wing pro …

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Caste reservations in India

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By Justice Markandey Katju Caste reservations in public services and for admissions in educational institutions have become so entrenched in the Indian political and legal sphere that they have almost become a holy cow, which no politician or judge in India dare to touch. It was therefore left for me …

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Waste workers reject ADB-funded incinerator in Cebu, citing job losses and environmental harm

CEBU-Protest

Cebu City (Philippines) 26 March 2021 – Waste pickers from Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City, demand inclusion into the city’s solid waste management system by offering to accept and manage the recyclables collected daily prior to disposal in a private landfill. All types of waste generated daily, however, goes to the …

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New tool to fight antimicrobial resistance

Research News

New Delhi, March 25: A team of researchers at the Department of Biotechnology’s Hyderabad-based National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (DBT-NIAB) has developed a new technique to detect the presence of an antibiotic called Oxytetracycline (OTC) in milk samples. What is Oxytetracycline Oxytetracycline is known for its broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and …

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Inter-religious marriages in India

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When I was a judge in the Allahabad High Court ( 1991-2004 ) many cases came before me of inter-religious marriages. Almost all such cases were of a Hindu girl who fell in love with a Muslim boy, got converted to Islam, and married him by a Nikah ceremony. In …

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The problem with our so-called ‘liberal’ intellectuals and media persons: the blind leading the blind?

Arvind Subramanian Pratap Bhanu Mehta

The problem with our so-called ‘liberal’ intellectuals and media persons By Justice Markandey Katju Recently Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Arvind Subramaniam resigned from Ashoka University, and there was a big hue and cry over it, as if heavens had fallen. https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/global-pressure-piles-on-ashoka-university/cid/1810171 ‘Intellectuals’ like Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Arvind Subramanian, Ram Chandra …

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The role of literature in the transitional era

The role of literature in the transitional era

By Justice Markandey Katju India is passing through a painful transitional period in its history, the transition from a semi-feudal backward country to a highly developed, highly industrialised one. This historical transition can be successfully achieved only by a revolution, which in my opinion will be more akin to the …

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Great Injustice to Urdu in India

Great Injustice to Urdu in India By Justice Markandey Katju

By Justice Markandey Katju I have read the poetry of many countries in the world ( English, American, French, German, Russian, Spanish, etc ) as well of several Indian languages ( Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, etc ) and am of the opinion that Urdu poetry expresses the voice of the human …

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Sex workers in India

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By Justice Markandey Katju ” Ye kooche ye neelaam ghar dilkashi ke   Ye luttte hue kaaravaan zindagi ke   Kahaan hain kahaan hai muhaafiz khudi ke   Jinhe naaz hai Hind par woh kahaan hain ? “ It is estimated there are over 6,88,000 registered sex workers ( prostitutes …

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The Krishna obsession

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By Justice Markandey Katju This article can be regarded as a sequel to my earlier article ‘The Krishna legend‘. Of all the deities in the Hindu pantheon of gods, Lord Krishna is the most enrapturing and fascinating. He has obsessed many poets and millions of his devotees in India, almost …

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