Why Justice Katju requested people not to blindly accept what he says

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justice markandey katju

One person who met me recently asked me why I thought I knew everything, and others know nothing.

I replied that I was under no such impression. Learning is a continuous process, and I regard myself as a perpetual student. I often learn something from you folks. Sometimes you convince me by your reasoning that some idea of mine is wrong, and I am grateful for that, and then I change my idea.

Sometimes by my own reflection I realise that some idea of mine was wrong. I then do self criticism, and correct that idea.

So one should always be open to criticism and self criticism, otherwise one will stagnate and not progress intellectually.

However, I must add that since the age of about 10 I have been a voracious reader. Day and night I have been reading books, and I had discussions with people intellectually superior to me ( they are all dead now ), who corrected my wrong ideas.

Now at the age of 77 I have amassed a vast amount of knowledge ( though I have yet to acquire more ). All this knowledge I use for helping my country, and I am totally focused on that objective.

But I request people not to blindly accept what I say ( for what I say may be wrong ), and instead carefully examine my ideas. If they find them wrong, they should give their reasons, and if I find their reasoning correct, I will correct my wrong idea, and express my gratitude to them.

Justice Markandey Katju

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Justice Markandey Katju
Markandey Katju is an Indian jurist and former Supreme Court judge of India who served as chairman of the Press Council of India. He is the founder and patron of the Indian Reunification Association (IRA), an organisation that advocates for the peaceful reunification of what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh with India under a secular government.

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