Open letter to Mr. Katju

katju-uploadDear Mr Katju,

I feel out of place writing this to you. Your credentials are unmatched, so it is better I don’t even dare speak about it. At the outset, I know I am no one to write this to you. But, your comment about Odisha prompted me to go ahead. I know many Odias, whom you in your Facebook page had referred as ‘poor chaps,’ could have written this better. Their in-depth knowledge of the State could have helped you understand us better. Trust me, I almost gave up on writing this letter, but the extent to which you exercise your freedom of speech, inspired me to express my views as well.


Let me repeat – I am no pundit, just an ordinary citizen, proud of my State. Seriously, that’s it. I was born here and have spent my childhood in Bhubaneswar, which, for your information, is the Capital of Odisha.


Yes, my State is poverty-stricken sir. In fact, even as I am writing this to you, a district called Malkangiri, approximately over 600kms from Bhubaneswar, is battling with Japanese Encephalitis disease. As per media reports, 50 infants have already died in 35 days. I am sure, you would have come across the image of a tribal named Dana Majhi, who walked around 10kms carrying the dead body of his wife on his shoulders. That was also in Odisha. And there are many more. The people, us, are battling with a host of issues. But, to make fun of it, is no solution.


Mr Katju, I am trying hard not to deviate from the topic, but I realize there is so much to write that I can’t channelize my thoughts. So, let’s begin with what you stated- the one about Emperor Ashoka. You mentioned the battle of Kalinga, didn’t you? Honestly, it is strange for you to have written what you have, because, all these years, children have been taught that it was this battle that had brought about the change in Ashoka, prompted him to take Ahimsa. Yes, there was bloodshed and loss to Kalinga, but Sir, it was Kalinga war that changed the course of history. History books say, the warriors of Kalinga had vowed to die, but never surrender before enemies.


You mentioned Mahapatras, Patnaiks and Patras. Please spare me from writing anything on these, because I have never supported caste system. For me, the three are mere titles and nothing else. Just to add, I am lucky to have many friends from each of the titles.


And then comes Lord Jagannath. So, we pray him every day for revenge on Biharis? Sir, Lord Jagannath is ‘Lord of the Universe.’ We have much more issues to seek his help than to bother him with revenge filled prayers for our fellow Indians. Sir, please don’t belittle our Lord with such petty things.


I wanted to write all positive things about my State. But then, please excuse me, for ending this in haste. By the time I have written all these, I don’t think I need to add more. I would rather request you to visit Odisha (which you might have earlier) and travel this incredible State to know more about it yourself.


Ours is a small State, stricken with poverty, but rich in culture and traditions.




A Proud Odia


P.S. – Once again, I am nobody. I love my State as much as I love my India. And I shall never think of filing any case against you.



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18 thoughts on “Open letter to Mr. Katju

  1. Its surely written out of emotions and angst.if we write about odisha, it’s history, heritage and the innumerable stories of success katju may have to hide his face a shame. But I avoid writing to or about him, a lot of comments have shown his immaturity regardless of his tenure, position and exp. Hence , I ignore him.

  2. I want to add one more line. This is the state and this is Lord Jagannath for whom many foreigners are mad about the tradition n culture. Sir have you any idea about car festival, I cannot write much wikipedia will help you. We are poor chaps but our mentality is not poor.

  3. Mr.Katju is barking like a mad dog in the street. Retired, hatred, mad, deprived, rejected person of the society always leaving useless statements about everybody.

  4. Way to go Tazeen! Fitting reply to the rantings of a depraved mind. I wonder how such a person could have done ‘justice’ to people from his high seat when he cannot do justice to a state that is a part of his own country! It is like demeaning a part of his own body if it does not seem to look good enough.

  5. Arrogance that gives a person a thought on being the in charge of the world…

    I feel pity for you Mr Katju when you will realize your mistake of undermining community which has such beautiful culture and tradition…

    It’s was this Odisha that gave Ashoka the realization of what wrong he was doing… Then only he became great Ashoka otherwise he would have been a symbol of evil..

    I believe soon you would get same realization..

    A child does mistakes then only learns a lesson however nowadays children’s are age Independent and can be even of age 50.

  6. People do crack jokes on Sardarjis, we all know. Sometimes we come across jokes on Madrasis. Mr.Katju attempted to crack joke on Odias.. Congratulations to him.. People laugh at others misery is joke.. Good to know that Mr. Katju also makes other laugh and hope he laughs too…
    I ponder, was it necessary for a elite person like Mr. Katju to crack such a joke in social media? He has a huge fan following and a plain sentence on patriotism could be highly appreciated.
    By the way, my Odia friends, please don’t feel bad about this joke. Be proud that others could laugh because of you even though they are in neck deep of misery.

  7. Very well done..I have never been to Orisha but yeah nobody has got any right to belittle someone else’ tradition and culture..Its a very beautiful place I have seen in google. !! 😊😊

  8. ” ଆମେ ସମସ୍ତେ ଓଡିଆ ” ଯା ହେଉ କିଏ ତ ଜଣେ ଆମ ଇତିହାସ ପୃଷ୍ଠା ଲେଉଟାଇଲା , ଆମେ ଭୂଲି ଯାଇଥିଲୁ ଆମେ ଗୋଟେ ଜାତି ବୋଲି

  9. Leave this guy. He is not in good state of mind. I am surprised how come this guy was Chief Justice. He questioned about lord Jagannath. We pray his mind set comes back to normal. We are proud to be Odiya will remain forever.

  10. I am absolutely fine with what Mr. Katju had to say. Its a democracy where we have freedom of expression, trust me its a valuable thing. But i am happy that Mr Katju has given us all an opportunity to talk more about the rich nuances in culture of Odisha. So let me put forth a couple of positives. Odisha is one of the most tolerant states you would find in India and can be a model in, say for instance one aspect, community harmony- Be it in terms of castes or even religions. Jagannath culture is an example of it. Hindus and Muslims alike have lived in such a close knitted societal harmony. One of the greatest of devotees of Lord Jagannath who is held in utmost respect is Bhakt Salabega. I don’t think many people would know that he was of the Mohammedan faith.

  11. Master EK, a renowned spiritual gaint, says, the person’s who took birth at the time of Krishna Avatar and again want to enjoy the same bliss will take birth in land of Jagannath I.e., Odisha. Above wordings are self explanatory regarding Odisha.

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