New Delhi: Former supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju has flamed up controversy once again by calling renowned freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak a British Agent.
He was recently in controversy over describing Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘British Agent’ and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose a ‘Japanese Stooge.’ His remarks were earlier condemned by both the houses of the parliament.
in his blog 'Satyam Bruyat', Justice Katju describes Tilak as "an obscurantist, propagandist of militant Hinduism, and therefore objectively a British agent, like Gandhi, since his ideology, statements and actions furthered the British policy of divide and rule."
To Justify his argument Katju said, “In 1894, he transformed household worship of the Hindu god Ganesh into a grand public event in many parts of Maharashtra. The festival organizers would urge Hindus to protect cows, and boycott participation in Muharram, which they had been doing for decades. Similarly, in 1895, he organized Shivaji festivals. Thus he injected religion into politics, like Gandhi, and thereby served the British policy of divide and rule."
He further stated that when in 1891, the British introduced the Age of Consent Bill to raise the minimum age of marriage from 10 to 12 years, Tilak strongly opposed it, saying it is against Hinduism.