Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India, and a former judge of the Indian Supreme Court has said that Pakistan was created in pursuance of the wicked British policy of divide and rule and the ‘bogus’ two nation theory. According to him, "There is only one nation, that is India, and Pakistan is part of India". In fact, the two nation theory has stood the test of time, and has proved very resilient. I would like to pose a few questions to Justice Katju, the first being, if the two nation theory is bogus, why have India and Pakistan not drawn closer to each other after independence, and why has Indian policy remained consistently hostile to Pakistan over the last sixty-five years?

The next would be, why is India obliged to keep 600 thousand troops in Kashmir to keep it as a part of India, if we are one? Why is Muslim representation in the Indian armed forces negligible? Why has Bangladesh elected to remain independent, instead of joining India or West Bengal? Why did Bengali Hindus reject United Bengal, sponsored jointly by Suhrawardy and Sarat Chander Bose and endorsed by Jinnah, in 1947? It is hoped that after pondering on these question, Justice Katju will change his mind.


Lahore, March 10.