A Nobel For Katju?
After ingeniously suggesting that “the one and only solution to the Kashmir problem or the militancy problem in Pakistan is the reunification of India and Pakistan” , Justice Katju, reliable sources have learnt, is going to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
According to Alfred Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
It is being hailed by world peace activists as the first time that the credentials of the candidate so precisely matched the will of Alfred Nobel.
The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee presents the Nobel Peace Prize in the presence of the King of Norway on December 10 each year. However, highly placed sources have informed us that there was some scepticism due to Katju’s propensity for calling any percentage of population of a country “idiots” and “communal”. Efforts will be made to ensure he doesn’t call the people of Norway or their King idiots, till he wins the prize.
A vanguard of scientific and rational thinking, Justice Katju has often been in the news controversially for claiming that 90 per cent of Indians are idiots and 80 per cent are communal. When asked how he arrived at the figures of 90 per cent or 80 per cent, he rationalised it by saying that it is not a fixed number. It can be 83 per cent or 74.3 per cent or whatever, and that the number is not important. What is important is that a large number of Indians are idiots. Justice Katju had a cult-like following in Pakistan for his comments and for a long time has been the most-quoted Indian personality in Pakistan’s newspapers.
When asked how he stumbled upon his ground-breaking solution to the Kashmir problem, Justice Katju once again credited his rational and scientific thinking. Urging everyone to follow the same and ignore superstitions, Justice Katju pointed out that a palmist had predicted his death at the age of 32. “I am going to be 67 and I am alive and kicking”, he said. He did not answer why he went to a palmist in the first place. He appealed to media persons to follow his example and fulfill their social responsibility by combating backward thoughts.
The nomination has also caused a diplomatic stand-off between India and Pakistan as Justice Katju stated that he doesn’t “recognise Pakistan as a legitimate country” because it was based on the two-nation theory and he doesn’t accept the theory. A Pakistani spokesman said his great nation is greatly offended by Justice Katju’s irresponsible comments and deplorable choice of words.
In the widely published comment, Justice Katju called for the reunification of India and Pakistan “under a strong, central, secular, modern-minded government which just doesn’t tolerate bigotry” and added that such a government would deal with fanaticism with an iron hand. This idea got a near universal nod from much-loved dictators like King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Iran’s Khomenei, Egypt’s Morsi, the Taliban and The Chinese Communist Party.
While the nomination was derided by many as preposterous, experts claimed that it is still much less preposterous than awarding the prize to Barack Obama and carpet-bomber Henry Kissinger. The mostly controversial Nobel Peace Prize is also being presented this year amidst protests over the choice of the European Union for the prize.
Justice Katju will be competing for the prize with the likes of Hafiz Saeed – the world peace activist of Lashkar-e-Taiba – who melted rocksby offering to help Hurricane Sandy victims in the United States though they placed a bounty on him, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) which achieved a completely peaceful leadership transition in the world’s largest authoritarian state by suppressing any political protests with an iron fist.
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