The recent confession of veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid regarding his party’s role in the past communal riots no doubt once and for all has exposed the Congress’ hypocrisy as a secular party. But his confession has not gone down well with a few diehard supporters of Rahul Gandhi. Leaders like Kapil Sibal in particular, who is a well-established legal practitioner by profession, tried to downplay Khurshid’s statement, indicating his colleague as a Trojan Horse. One should not be surprised if by tomorrow Khurshid is branded a traitor by his own party men. Anything is possible in today’s Indian politics. It is quite justified if one calls politics the last resort of scoundrels!
Dr Ashim Chowdhury,
A Watershed Moment
The coming together of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Dr Hiren Gohain, who is known for his Leftist stance, is a very welcome move at a time when the future of the identity of the indigenous people of Assam seems to be under threat by the introduction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the BJP-led government mulling on passing it in Parliament. In fact, Dr Hiren Gohain, who had refused to acknowledge the Assam Movement earlier, now forging alliance with the custodian of the Assam Accord is a watershed moment in the history of modern Assam that will be remembered in history as a time when people came forth cutting across various political ideologies to form a progressive force. Moreover, there is a need for all other civil society groups, individuals and organizations like KMSS, AJYCP etc to join hands and form a grand alliance, shedding aside their ideological differences, and raise a united voice against the Bill to vehemently oppose it. An alliance of AASU, AJYCP, Akhil Gogoi & KMSS, and intellectuals like Dr Hiren Gohain, Haider Hussain, Harekrishna Deka and others is the need of the hour, with the media playing a constructive role.
Recently Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expanded his ministry by inducting seven MLAs along with a reshuffle of portfolios after two years since his swearing. But it is seen that a minister who was entrusted with more than one important portfolio has again been entrusted with different important portfolios. A minister should be entrusted with only one important portfolio and other less important portfolios if needed in the interest of public. As such, I would like to request our Chief Minister to look into the matter.