NEW DELHI: A former judge of the Indian Supreme Court and the former Chairman, Press Council of India, Markandey Katju, said on Thursday that he regarded celebrating Republic Day or Independence Day in India as an insult.

Markandey Katju, a retired Indian Supreme Court judge, is known for voicing his opinions on social issues in India via blogs and opinion pieces. On the occasion of India’s Republic Day, the former judge took to social media and shared a lengthy post in which he described celebrating the event as an ‘insult to my people’.

“What is there to celebrate about? has poverty been abolished in India? Has unemployment been abolished? No? Then what are the celebrations, parades and flag hoisting about?” he said. “I regard it as a cruel farce and an insult to my people to celebrate when over 75% of the 1.25 billion Indians are living in horrible poverty,” he wrote.