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PCI – Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju has termed ‘sons-of-the-soil’ theory as anti-national.


“What is this sons-of-the-soil theory of some of the political leaders here (in Maharashtra)? Who do they think are the original inhabitants of this land? Even the Marathis are from outside. Their theory of only Marathi people being sons of (the) soil is completely anti-national and clearly violates constitutional provisions.”
– Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India

He was speaking at a symposium on ‘Unity in diversity’ on Sunday night in Bhiwandi.


Though Justice Katju had not named any one in this context, but, asked that people who were propagating such theories should be ostracised. This phrase – ‘sons-of-the-soil’ is often used by the Shiv Sena and MNS leaders.

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