September 10, 2016

India: Justice Katju on Kejriwal's statement of giving ' holy city ' status

Facebook post by Justice Katju

Kejriwal's statement of giving ' holy city ' status
By saying that if AAP comes to power in Punjab it will give the status of ' holy city ' to Amritsar, Arvind Kejriwal has in my opinion stooped to the lowest level.
If this is done, Allahabad ( Prayag ), Varanasi, Ayodhya, Mathura, Puri, Dwarka, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gaya, Maheshwar, Madurai, etc ( by Hindus ) and Ajmer ( by Muslims ) will also demand status of ' holy cities '.
Such appeals in the name of religion may be a good vote catching device, but they are totally reactionary and feudal, and damaging to the country's secular fabric. One may recall the demand for a Ram Mandir ( on the site of the Babri Masjid ) which no doubt propelled BJP to power, but it resulted in colossal damage to the country.
By issuing such a statement Kejriwal has exposed himself as a mere demagogue and mountebank who has nothing in his head, but can go to any low level to get votes.