Earlier, Katju, in a facebook post, had said,”I was asked to write about the Oriyas (Odias). What is there to write about these poor chaps? Ever since they got a thrashing at the hands of Ashoka in the battle of Kalinga, they have been a dejected lot. Now all they have with them are a lot of pots (Patras), big pots (Mahapatras) and supposedly intelligent kings (Patnaiks).”
“And of course they have Lord Jagannath, to whom they pray every day for revenge on the abominable Biharis,” he added.
The words written on the note were “Get well soon Mr. Katju. Jai Jagannath”
“I had written the post in a light vein. However, if Odia people are feeling hurt, I apologise to them. I had no intention of hurting their feelings and was only joking, just as I had joked about Biharis, Tamilians, etc.,” he later said.