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Indians vote like cattle: Markandey Katju

New Delhi, Mar 30 (IANS): India is not a full-fledged democracy as 90 percent of its people vote like sheep and cattle, Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju said here Saturday.

Speaking to TV channel Headlines Today, Katju said: "Ninety percent Indians vote in droves like sheep and cattle. They are like a herd of cattle voting along caste and religious lines."

"Because Indians vote like livestock, there are so many criminals in parliament," he added.

The former Supreme Court judge said that he would not vote as India was being run by leaders elected on the basis of their caste, which is not the true form of democracy.

"I won't vote because my vote is meaningless. Votes are cast in the name of Jats, Muslims, Yadavs or Harijans. Democracy is not meant to be run like this. Why should I waste my time in joining the cattle queue?" he said.

Boasting of his secular credentials, Katju said that he was against communal forces and "by being secular, if I am branded a Congressman, you are entitled to your view".

Katju has been in news for seeking a pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt and Zaibunnisa Kazi, charged with illegal possession of arms in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case by the Supreme Court.

Katju has argued that Dutt stacked the weapons for self defence and to protect his family from the threats that they were getting in the aftermath of the Babri demolition.

"Sanjay Dutt is a shattered man. He has suffered enough but he has reformed," he said.

Katju said that he was prepared to seek pardons for other stars, Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan, who have been charged for killing endangered blackbucks in Jodhpur.

"I will study their cases and if I am satisfied that I should speak out, I will surely plead their case," he said.

Accused of being hungry for publicity, the former judge said that "seeking publicity is a form of vulgarity". He added that he never chases controversy but what can he do if controversy chases him.

He also mocked Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and his former associate Anna Hazare, saying that corruption was a "malaise which cannot be eradicated in the next 20 years".

"This campaign is like the tale told by an idiot signifying nothing. There's no morality code in the country, so corruption cannot be wiped out," Katju said.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Excellent comment Reshmi. The only way to correct all ills is by reforming election process. No criminals or people of dubious reputation or of communal inclinations should be allowed to contest elections.

    But Mr. Katju at least got the guts to speak. It may be a beginning.

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  • simple, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    If a person votes for politicians seeking only CM chair and not the governance - then they are donkeys - we have to see if BJP comes to power this time!!!!

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  • Vikram, Dubai

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    what common person can time congress, next BJP, next Janata another output is same everytime...Mr. Katju you mean skip voting is the better ion for common person ???

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  • Raj Talkray, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    He seems to have made a effective point but I doubt he will stick to it he can change his opinions and convictions very quickly depending on the result in a entirely opposite direction to what his original opinions was.

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  • rajesh, mulki

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    minorities no more vote ONLY congress they also vote other parties and a good number of them are MP s and MLA s too...but right now we do not have a choice as voters All existing pol parties are filled with currupt people..some more some less

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Caste and religion is our existence and Poverty and low education is our drawbacks now Justice Katju his line of thinking it is true to an extent.In general it is said our democratic system and it's machineries are at fault mainly due to corruption and too our leaders.Now you blame the voter or the system it depends how you think !!!.

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  • Roshan Patrao, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt and Zaibunnisa notwithstanding, Katju does speak sense most of the time. It does not take a genius to find the root cause of today's political fiasco and rise of communal forces - CONGRESS. Had they given us good governance, words like poverty, illiteracy, crime, communalism, etc. would have been alien to India. Instead, they marginalised people and deprived large sections of people of education so that they can loot the country - which they, along with other political parties, are still doing in broad daylight. And we the people - by electing them - have given the stick and the authority to them to beat us.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    100 % cottectu sar !!!

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  • Jawar D'Souza, Doha/M'lore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    What ever Justice Katju has said is fully true, truth is very hard to digest. Just by saying these slogans will not help, more over he states that he will not cast the vote, which I feel like ignoring the sense of duty. He should talk about solutions to this, as per me even 5 decades were not enough to get literacy to the people. We Indians are only good in bed,that also 90% of the people under influence. Educate the masses the problem will be solved,not HI FI speeches. About corruption his talk is in very bad taste to come from a highly literate person, may be he has a vision that after 20 year's we can erradicate corruption, until then we can promote corruption.It's rather surprising to see Mr. Sharath being not able to understand caste system in India.

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  • mastansharief, guntur

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Katju sir studied a lot in indian mythology and citizens 99%,he was stated a correct thing. thank u

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  • Sandy, Udupi/UAE

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Great insult to cattle and sheep’s !!!

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  • mohammad, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    so what you think the national people have contributed. scale the corruption assuming everyone is corrupt. still we will see one italian lady and one thousand indian macho mens corrupted. i dont know why people like you just point at others when we ourselves are corrupted. I wish to Go for president rule.

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  • Benn Douza, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Rightly said Mr.Katju.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    We Indians vote like sheep and cattle, says PCI chairman Justice Markandey Katju !

    2. At the same time, we need to
    be more compassionate to our
    3. Criticism should be
    constructive not destructive.
    4. We should use criticism or
    encouragement workable with our

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Thank God, he didn’t say we vote like donkeys. I think slowly he is nearing 90% now with no more doubt in our mind

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  • C Sharath, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    The man is right this time although partially except that exagerated % figures he mentioned. No matter whatever is his political intentions, its true & we can see some of these " CASTE BASED PARTY PATRIOTISEM" in this forum itself by some pseudo-secularists who's advocate that if you belong to this & that religion then you should vote only this party otherwise you are a "JaathiBrasta" & may have to prove your secular credentials.

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  • Sudheer, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    You are right, some sheep & cattle blindly support other country lady and support some dynasty party to rule India.

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  • Krishna Kant, Mangalore/Moodbidri

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Sudheer, Mangalore you said it other way but the right thing is we support and vote people who watch and supply Porno CD's this is why we them has our caretakers.

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  • Gabriel, Sagar

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Cattle and people are precious in India, but things are not! Justice Markandeya could be a little sensitive to the Indian voters!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    80% vote of our people vote on Cast and Religion.
    That is why BJP is still surviving in a few states........

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    ..i do agree with in the case of Congress also,eventhough they are deep sunk in curruption, eventhough in ten years they ruined respect for SC,CBI,CAG..religious minorities still vote for congress..

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  • C Sharath, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    If 80% had voted on caste & religion only BJP would have been ruling India not some family. Its our fortunate that majority is voting wisely, thats why all the partys are surviving, else if we had gone according to some communities who blindly vote even if a donkey stands in that party, then we would have been ruled only by Cattle by now.
    If we have to buy your argument then am sure there is some problem in the demographic situation of our country and re-surevy/census has to be done to know who is majority & who is minoirty in the country.

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    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    "Indians vote like cattle" yes, when compare to earlier days now people vote better.

    Katju is making like this statements,every Indian know this if we say it become a comment and if katju says it become a head line.
    What is the use??? Give some solution and add some value to the rule .he was supreme court judge that time he would have contributed
    to change the law system but not did every day he is giving like this statements. see how much case pending courts and work for how to upgrade the law system.
    Making like this statement will not change anything in India ,see Anna Hazare he done great job he united the country with is campaign. what about you???

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Katju is right many ways. India will never become the super power with this mentality caste, religion,creed etc.

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    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Prof.Nissar Ahmed said “Kurigalu saar naavu kurigalu”
    Justice Katju now Says “danagalu saar naavu danagalu”
    India is improving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • reyan, Kuwait

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Cattle aur Sheep ka naam Kharab ho gaya..!

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    ...Although almost readers agree with Mr.Katju, is there any solution?..voters are purposefully tamed like cattle,who is resposible?? we have been ruled by a single party for nearly 5 decades, 5 decades is enough for any country to bring reforms..You dont have right reject even if there is no good candidate, you dont have right to recall if you think elected person is not fit for his seat..We will take Hazare, Kejrival seriousely, we will listen to Diggy,Alvi,manish,Sigvi instead..Till today we are not able to deliver unique permanent resident number to citizens..I agree i vote like cattle, i have no choice..even i did'nt vote some donkey deffinatly will we appointed Mr.Katju to SC to do something..when he was SC judge he had Suo moto power to take up any issue, did he deliver??...

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  • Sandesh, udupi/dubai

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Sitting in such a position and seeking only publicity. If you are concerned about India then start agitation about right to reject. Now I can say you are a fool because you won’t vote.

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  • Ted, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Markandey Katju,

    Accept my Salute Sir.

    We need more intellectuals in high positions like you who will speak without fear.

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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    We need more intellectuals in high positions like you who will speak without fear - Ted..

    Ted..what is the use of giving big speeches? Speeches are given just for the sake of publicity. If he tries to improve the system then it would be good. Just by giving speeches, doesn't serve any purpose. Intellectuals like Katju who have similar views must join together for improving our system. It may be governance, legal or voting or any other field. If he does so, then only we can appreciate his speech.

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  • sequeira, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Though I had strong reservations on Justice Katju's statement calling 90% Indians as Idiots and also his support for actor Sanjay Dutt who is convicted by the Supreme Court for unlawful acts, but in this report he seems to have made a valid point.

    It is a fact that when it comes to electing representatives to our State Assemblies and our Parliament, majority of us do not appear to make wise and independent decisions. We follow the herd. No wonder there are criminals, illiterates, goons, questionable characters and the corrupt among our leaders.

    In the coming elections, let us make a difference by checking the credentials of the candidates and the political parties before casting our valuable votes. We are a secular & democratic nation and so we should refrain from casting our valuable vote on religion, cast and sectarian lines.

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  • Kanta, udupi

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Yes 100% currect.

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    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    To prove that, I am sure, some cattle will file a lawsuit!

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Justice Katju is absolutely right in saying 90% of people go to the polls vote like cattle. If this truth is hard to hear and digest then please explain how so many criminals who should have been behind bars are elected to parliament and have become lawmakers.

    A poll by BBC 15 days after elections on those who had voted resulted in the following results:
    - 80% of people cast their vote for candidates strictly on caste and religious lines and 20 % voted for those whom they thought would give them what they wanted if they won the elections.
    - 98% did not know anything about their candidates of their choice, and they have absolutely no idea of the party’s manifesto. There are so many pressing issues that Indians face but what was a major political issue, one party promised to rebuild the temple and the other said they would oppose it.

    As regards Sanjay Dutt I disagree with him being granted pardon, as it was proven in court that he had strong links with the underworld. He willfully provided logistics for carrying out the attacks that lead to the death of tens of hundreds of people and justice should be served.

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  • Nagaraja k, Udupi

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Indians lack love for country NATION FRIST EVERYTHING NEXT Even after 66 years of indipendene they still fight in the name of different parties, religion, caste,language.etc they don't think about INDIA at all These parties religion cast will not feed you or uplift your status at all education good infrastructre a very good healthcare only lift you up in world and they are the need of the hour THIS TIME THINK ABOUT THE COUNTRY AND DONT SELL YOUR VOTES

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  • D Bhat, Mumbai/US

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    I just hope that this Katju guy shuts his mouth.. He has trust his views in everything and all he does is talk nonsense. He argues for Sanjay Dutt as if Sanjay Dutt is the innocent and he is the one being tortured! This guy is a shameless Congressman who acts as if he is a fee thinker.

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  • Jayarama, udupi/Riyadh

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Defination of 90% Indians as per Congis:-
    Justice Katju - sheep and cattle
    Shashi Taroor - cattle class
    Robert Vadera - Mango people

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  • Shaleen, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 30 2013

    This time he may be right, that's why congress ruled for 65 years...

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  • R Mallar, Kasaragod/ Dubai

    Sat, Mar 30 2013

    This man should be stopped! It is simply irritating to hear him.
    Let him come out with all the judgements he delivered, how long he took to deliver it etc. Let him try to get amnesty to thousands of nameless "criminals" who are suffering in jails for many years without a trial. Why support celebrities only? To get more publicity?
    He does not want to vote! Most ridiculous statement. Remember that the cattle grade voters voted out Indira Gandhi in 1977, Rajiv Gandhi in 1989 and Vajpayee in 2004. Can you really call them fools?

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  • Ryan, Mnagalore

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    These 3 years, the cattle were gazing in the fields and only a few intelligent cast their vote, probably thr turnout was poor in theses 3 years,

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    Sat, Mar 30 2013

    Yes, some times...

    Some other times for money, caste, community and for cult politics.

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