Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court, has offered a package deal for Pakistan to end the country’s dispute with India over Kashmir.
Katju posted a sarcastic post on social media on September 26, suggesting that Pakistan could get Kashmir if it agrees to take Bihar also as part of a “package deal”.
Addressing Pakistanis, the septuagenarian wrote on Facebook, “You have to take the whole package, or none at all. Either you take both Kashmir and Bihar, or nothing.”
The former Supreme Court judge even said that the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had offered the same “deal” to then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf during his visit to Agra. But Musharraf “stupidly rejected it”.
He said now the offer is coming again.
This infuriated people of Bihar. Many even told Katju that this joke only serves to expose his own pseudo-liberalism and perpetuating the “Bhaiya” stereotype of Biharis.
Some even went to on to say the package deal should also include Katju, who would serve as a “mental bomb.”
Katju further addressed the issue and accused Biharis of lacking a sense of humour, after which he went on to post more sarcastic commentary on Bihar.
Following his comments, Bihar BJP chief spokesperson Vinod Narayan Jha demanded Katju’s “immediate arrest” on charges of “sedition”. Terming the comments as “serious”, he also demanded an inquiry to ascertain if Katju was “entrapped among anti-nationals out to destroy India’s sovereignty and integrity”.
The JD(U) described it as a case of ‘sedition’ and demanded stern action against Katju.
And those who were against Katju’s remarks responded:
#MarkandeyKatju Kshmir-Bihar,prt f India n wl rmain so till etrnity bt we r large-hearted!Can gift our leftsts-Libtrds-Aaptrds-Cong 2Pak!Ok?
— Meera Singh (@meeraremi11) September 27, 2016
U r actually a threat to the nation #MarkandeyKatju .Bihar is n integral part of India..Pakistan should tke u actually n tht too permanently
— Parmita Chowdhury (@Parmi0727) September 27, 2016
Plz be aware @mkatju Ji tht Bihar is the land of great rulers like Chandragupta Maurya, the Great Ashoka, Vikramaditya and Sher Shah Suri
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) September 27, 2016
Katzu u shud go pune mental hospital caused u don’t know bihar talent in all over world like [email protected]
— pawan pathak (@PawanPathak004) September 27, 2016
Katzu blocked me,can’t tolerate his criticism. Katzu is suffering from ageing factor, his recent tweets on Bihar is example of his sickness
— Arun Kant Sharma (@arunkant1951) September 27, 2016