Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma put his foot in his mouth with insensitive comments about cancer patients. His second name is controversy and he lives up to it. He says that Karma is responsible for Cancer, which means those people who are sinners get Cancer. He
tried to justify his callous remarks and tied them to Hindu
philosophy. ‘I simply reiterate Hindu philosophy of Karmic law’, he ranted much to the discomfort and agony of cancer patients and their families.
The uproar against Sarma’s contention was but natural. The twitterati exploded in anger. People questioned Sarma about the insensitive and uncalled for remarks. They asked him to keep his beliefs to themselves. They chided him and reminded him that he was the Health Minister and such remarks are not expected from him. Many people questioned his knowledge.
What I found appalling is that he twisted the great Hindu philosophy to churn out a Manuwadi Sanghi definition of sin and disease. As far I know, Sarma only knows the philosophy of deception. To fuel his ambition of becoming the Chief Minister of Assam, he ditched and back stabbed his illustrious mentor Tarun Gogoi. May I draw his attention to the fact that Cancer has no age range! It is not that only oldpeople with a heavy baggage of sins get Cancer. If Sarma tours Cancer hospitals across the country he will find that children as old as five years of age are afflicted with Cancer. What sins have they committee at such a young age?
It is time Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal cares about the health of the Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. He should send Sarma to a psychiatrist for counselling and also make him undergo tests to see what organisms are sticking to Sarma’s tongue which has become very slippery. A tongue should be clean in a sound body. Otherwise, Sarma’s tongue may continue to make noise which can embarrass the Sarbananda government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).