The unscientific and anecdotal world of Justice Katju Justice Katju is at it again. In a follow-up to his April 4 article in Indian Express, he writes on â€˜Ten ways of being foolish.â€™ Justice Katjuâ€™s op-ed is replete with statements that he fails to substantiate and often are irresponsible and unfounded. Please read Justice Katjuâ€™s piece, so that the following can be seen in context. Justice Katju: â€œI got a call from the Delhi correspondent of The Wall Street Journal asking me on what basis I had mentioned the figure 90 per cent when I said that 90 per cent Indians are fools. I replied that it was not a mathematical figure, what I meant was that an overwhelming number of Indians were fools. Therefore the figure might be 85 per cent, on the other hand it could be 95 per cent.â€ Comment: Justice Katjuâ€™s statement is completely unscientific. There is no way anyone can confirm the 85 percent, 95 percent or any other percent without a nationwide study on foolishness. No such study has been conducted. Therefore, the very premise of Justice Katjuâ€™s article is false. Today's editorial follows a previous one in which the Press Council of India Chairman had said 90 percent of Indians of being fools. Agencies Justice Katju: â€œOne,Tamilians are some of the finest and most intelligent among Indians.â€ Comment: Same as above. No one, including Justice Katju, can say this unless there is a nationwide study of intelligence, sorted by the states. No such study has been conducted. Justice Katju: â€œTamilians are some of the most superstitious people in India.â€ Comment: Again, there is no way of knowing this. No study has been conducted on the level of superstitousness in India. Justice Katju: â€œNow, Rahukalam is all nonsense (as is all astrology), but over 90 per cent of Tamilians believe in it.â€ Comment: No basis for the figure. Justice Katju: â€œTheir (members of the Broadcast Editors Association) pay packages (sometimes going up to two or three crores per year) are often linked with the TRP rating. Their owners have given one simple instruction to them â€” keep the TRP rating high.â€ Comment: Completely anecdotal. Has Justice Katju seen even one contract between these members and their employers which proves this statement? When speaking of print media, he has asked journalists to check before publishing. Has he attempted to speak to editors and employers and check on these statements? Has he attempted to fact-check? Justice Katju: â€œMost Hindus are communal, and most Muslims are also communal.â€ Comment: This is a statement that borders on the irresponsible and incendiary. When he says most, one presumes that he means more than 50 percent. What is the basis for this statement? No nationwide study on the communal-ness of Indians has been conducted. Justice Katju: â€œAll communal riots started after 1857. The English collector would secretly call the local panditji, give him money, and ask him to start speaking against Muslims, and he would also call the local Maulvi secretly and give him money to speak against Hindus.â€ Comment: Completely anecdotal. Where is any evidence to support this statement? Justice Katju: â€œThe truth is that 99 per cent people of all communities are good.â€ Comment: By using the word â€˜truthâ€™, Justice Katju suggests that his â€™99 per centâ€™ figure is fact. What is the basis for this figure? In addition, this figure contradicts his earlier statement that â€˜most Hindusâ€™ and â€˜most Muslimsâ€™ are communal. Are they communal and good? By inference, being communal is not bad. There is so much for Justice Katju to do rather than take advantage of the mediaâ€™s being besotted in him, causing and encouraging him to write drivel like this. What is his view on Mamata Banerjeeâ€™s plans for her government to start a newspaper and TV channel? What is he doing on her governmentâ€™s objection to the TRAI deadline for digitisation of cable TV in Kolkata? Where is the follow-up on the attacks on journalists across the country? Justice Katju needs to stop believing he is a celebrity and get down to the business of addressing issues that concern the Press Council of India and stop wasting time on issues that have no relevance to his responsibility. And he needs to shed his bloated ego. In the first paragraph of his comment, the word â€˜Iâ€™ appears FIVE times, the word â€˜myâ€™ once, the word â€˜meâ€™ once. The obsession with self comes out most offensively in the penultimate paragraph. â€œI have said all this not to demoralise Indians, but to point out to them the correct path to prosperity,â€ he says. Now, isnâ€™t he playing the godman, he professes to loath?