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What am I really? Markandey Katju explains

PTI 26 Nov 2014, 9:20:38 AM IST

New Delhi: Having missed out a second term as chairperson of Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju yesterday said though he has been called various names including megalomaniac at times, an explaination of his views is in order.

“What am I really ? What do I stand for ? I think a clarification of my views is in order. I submit that my views are consistent, coherent, and directed to one single aim: to help my country become prosperous with its people having decent lives,” Katju wrote in his blog.

It is learnt that a committee headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari has recommended the appointment of former Supreme Court judge Chandramauli Kumar Prasad as the next Chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI).

Katju said the worst thing in life is poverty. “In India, there is massive poverty, malnutrition (every second Indian child suffers from malnutrition), unemployment, farmers suicides, skyrocketing prices, lack of healthcare and good education for the vast majority, etc,” he said.

Katju said his whole effort is to “combat backward, feudal ideas and promote rational and scientific thinking among the Indian people so that India emerges as a modern, highly industrialized, prosperous country, in which all its people (and not just a handful) are prosperous.”

“This requires long, steady effort of patiently explaining the truth to the people, which is precisely what I have been doing since long,” he said.