Retirement is a dreadful thing. The final voyage to this no man’s land does make cowards of us all.
And sometimes claims a few victims, who – unable to adapt to obscurity – spend their withdrawal bawling like toddlers for public attention.
Ex-Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju having tasted the heights of power throws his tantrums proportionately.
Bouts of anxiety and insecurity grip him often, to be released from which he must scream as hard as his aging constitution permits.
Then he must let emotions take over, making him say stuff capable of inducing embarrassment were it ever attempted in front of a mirror.
But of course the last thing Katju needs to see are theatricals of an incoherent old fogey trying to preach, ironically, the virtues of self-regulation.
He is a busy man who, barely a day after his retirement, embarked on a new mission to reform media in the role of the chairman of the Press Council of India. Since then there has barely been a day when he hasn’t prodded us, lest we forget his existence.
Katju sends shivers down people’s spines whenever taking to the stage. Setting his oratory to ‘full auto’ he pulls the trigger and pirouettes (‘Sunny Leone is blameless’) and pirouettes (‘Salman Rushdie is worthless’) and pirouettes (‘Media people are useless’).
‘Show me the scientific,’ asked Katju of Hazare last Saturday, and while his unsuspecting audience was still laughing at the activists’ fate, he pulled the rug from under them by calling 90 per cent of them fools.
An authority that claims expertise over everything induces boredom.
Katju has, through his persistence in speaking, inspired in his listeners an irrevocable dissension.
Whose patience finally gives way isn’t easy to predict. What is certainly unforeseeable, is a future without Katju.
(courtesy: SUHAS MUNSHI & mailonline India)
- Katju dubs Rushdie ‘sub-standard’ writer (thehindu.com)
- Katju compares Sunny Leone to Mary Magdalene (ibnlive.in.com)
- Paid news: Katju issues warning (thehindu.com)