Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju, has stoked a new controversy by saying that he supported his fellow Brahmin Ravana.
Taking to Facebook, the former Press Council of India chairman said, “I am a Brahmin, and, therefore, I support Ravana, my fellow Brahmin. Just as Yadavs support Mulayam Singh and Laloo, dalits support Mayawati, and Muslims of Hyderabad support Owaisi. How can I support someone who cut off my fellow Brahmin’s head ?
“Brahmins of India unite ! You have nothing to lose but your chains. You have a world to win. Brahmin unity zindabad !”
In a tweet, Katju said that Ravana was a much vilified man in his opinion.
He tweeted, “I think Ravana was a much villified man. If someone cuts off your sister’s nose, will you not get enraged?”
I think Ravana was a much villified man. If someone cuts off your sister's nose, will you not get enraged ?
— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) September 20, 2016
Known for his plainspeak, Justice Katju was in news recently for his comments on the Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who had described as somebody with nothing in his head.
Bachchan had then responded by agreeing with him saying that indeed he had nothing in his head.
“He (Katju) is right I don’t have anything inside my mind. He is right…My head is ‘khalas’ (finished),” Bachchan said when asked about the comment made on him by the former Supreme Court Judge, known for his hard-hitting and often controversial views on a rash of issues.
At a time when the veteran actor is receiving praise for his performance in “Pink”, a social thriller which revolves around the issue of women’s empowerment, Justice Katju had a different take on his on-screen talent.
On September 17, the ex-Judge posted on his his social media page, “Amitabh Bachchan is a man with nothing in his head, and since most mediapersons praise him, I doubt there is anything in their heads too.”
“We were in same school. He was my senior. There is no rivalry,” said the 73-year-old actor in response to a question at a press conference.