Source: By Press Trust of India
Aligarh: Chairman of Press Council of India (PCI) Justice Markanday Katju on Thursday alleged that politicians in independent India “have played a major role in spreading deeper the poison of Hindu-Muslim divide, whose seeds were sown by the British, for serving their own votebank politics”.
Addressing a programme in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), he said Pakistan was an “artificially-created state” by British using the Hindu-Muslim divide. “It is only a matter of time when the people of both the countries (India and Pakistan) will realise that their erstwhile Western rulers had poisoned their minds and hearts against each other for serving their own interest. They created the Hindu-Muslim divide and then concretised this legacy by the creation of Pakistan”, Katju said.
“The real tragedy”, he said “was that while the British sowed the seeds of discords in the hearts and minds of people, after independence agent provocateurs are continuing this nefarious policy”. “I have no hesitation to state that politicians have played a major role in spreading this poison deeper for serving their own vote bank politics”, he charged.
According to Justice Katju, “in 1857, there was almost zero percent communalism in the country and today I have no hesitation to accept that 80 per cent of both Hindus and Muslims have fallen prey to this dreadful malaise”, he said.
“I am aware that my comments on this issue had earlier this week stirred a hornet s nest. Some newspersons in Pakistan have dismissed my views as the ranting of a lunatic”, he said adding “Hindu-Muslim conflict was engineered by the British as a deliberate state policy for maintaining the British hold over India”.