If I could avoid writing about the retirement of Sonia Gandhi, I would. As one of a handful of political columnists who dared criticise her, I have long been labelled a ‘Sonia-baiter’ by her fans, and fellow travellers. But since she has been president of our oldest political party for the longest tenure ever, it is impossible to ignore her announcement last week that “my only job now is to retire”.
Hate crimes have become so routine since the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq two years ago that the death of Afrazul barely found mention in the next morning’s newspapers. Last Thursday when that video of Afrazul being attacked with an axe and burned alive in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand went viral on social media, the Chief Minister tweeted a picture of herself celebrating Armed Forces Day. Not one word about this latest hate crime.
Last Thursday when that video of Afrazul being attacked with an axe and burned alive in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand went viral on social media, the Chief Minister tweeted a picture of herself celebrating Armed Forces Day. Not one word about this latest hate crime. Is it any wonder that in her tenure her state has become notorious for lynching Muslims? She has been a personal friend of mine long before she became a politician and never once did I think she lacked basic humanity. I am ashamed for her.
There have been so many elections and there are so many more to come next year. It really is time that the opposition supported the Prime Minister’s suggestion that all elections be held together for Parliament and the assemblies once in five years.
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Selecting a term
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