New Delhi: Facing a barrage of protests for his comment that "90 per cent of Indians are fools", Press Council Chairman Markandey Katju has clarified that he does not regard Indians as inherently stupid or foolish.
Katju wrote an elaborate defense of his statement directly addressing two students Tanaya and Aditya, who had sent a legal notice to the PCI chairman for making the remark.
"The figure 90 per cent is not a mathematical figure, it simply means that in my opinion a large proportion of Indians (and again I repeat, not all) are fools," Katju said, adding "I do not regard Indians as inherently stupid or foolish. It is only at present that large parts of our people are foolish."
He addressed the students as 'Dear Tanaya and Aditya' and went to state that he had been misquoted in the press reports. Katju said his intention was not to hurt anyone but to awaken people to the realities, that is, the widespread casteism, communalism, superstitions, and other backward traits in the mindset of a large section of our people which is blocking our progress and keeping us poor....more
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