Sadiq brings new life in Labour Party

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

NEWLY elected and first Mus­lim Mayor of London Sadiq Khan cel ebrated his land­slide elec­tion vic­tory Satur­day in a multi-de­nom­i­na­tional cer­e­mony at an Angli­can cathe­dral ac­com­pa­nied by London’s po­lice chief, Chris­tian and Jewish lead­ers and stars of stage and screen. He had a sim­ple but strik­ing mes­sage for the Lon­don­ers: He will be a Mayor for peo­ple of all faiths.

The star stud­ded cer­e­mony at­tended by the peo­ple of dif­fer­ent faiths gave a clear and loud mes­sage that Sadiq not only en­joys the pop­u­lar sup­port of the fol­low­ers of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions but as Mayor of London, he also has a vi­sion to pro­mote in­ter­faith har­mony which in­deed is the need of the hour to make this world abode of peace and sta­bil­ity. The cer­e­mony would have baf­fled anti-Sadiq rhetoric led by con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Zac Gold­smith who re­peat­edly ac­cused him in the cam­paign of racism. The fact, how­ever, is quite the op­po­site as Zac sup­ported by Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, ran cyn­i­cal cam­paign and in­stead of fo­cus­ing on poli­cies used neg­a­tive tac­tics to pitch the cap­i­tal’s eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties against each other. Sadiq, the can­di­date of Labour party, on the other side, ran the cam­paign like a sea­soned and true po­lit­i­cal leader. While tak­ing lessons from his party’s de­feat in gen­eral elec­tions, he rooted his cam­paign in his in­spi­ra­tional per­sonal story and fo­cused on tak­ing all the com­mu­ni­ties along. His win in the elec­tion has also given much needed boost to the Labour party which was fac­ing the fight of its ex­is­tence af­ter hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat at the hands of Con­ser­va­tives in 2015 elec­tions. In his re­cent ar­ti­cle, Sadiq has also shown his po­lit­i­cal acu­men and far sight­ed­ness as well as the abil­ity to lead and gov­ern. While pre­sent­ing a sort of roadmap for his party’s fu­ture pol­i­tics, he said the Labour will have to speak and con­tact ev­ery voter and fo­cus on is­sues that the peo­ple care about if it wanted to form the next gov­ern­ment. Given the suc­cess grabbed by Sadiq in Bri­tish pol­i­tics, we are con­fi­dent that he has the ca­pac­ity to as­sume much big­ger role in fu­ture pol­i­tics and put his party on the vic­tory stand in the next gen­eral elec­tions.

THE past seems to be catch­ing up fast with Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee. This time his name fig­ures in the case re­lat­ing to the pur­chase of Au­gusta West­land he­li­copters for com­fort­able trav­el­ling by the then Congress gov­ern­ment, of which he was the Fi­nance Min­is­ter at that time. His role has been re­vealed at an Ital­ian court in Mi­lan, not by the CBI which has been in­quir­ing into the mat­ter for the last three years. Ap­par­ently, the CBI, an agency which is a cen­tral gov­ern­ment de­part­ment, can­not be in­de­pen­dent. Yet, it is ex­pected to re­veal truth de­spite its hand­i­caps.

Had the agency been re­port­ing to par­lia­ment di­rectly, the he­li­copter deal would have been a part of the pub­lic do­main. That no gov­ern­ment wants to give the agency free­dom is ev­i­dent from the fact that the rulers do not want even to loosen their con­trol over it. There­fore, it is not sur­pris­ing that the In­dian peo­ple come to know about bribes and cor­rup­tion only when a for­eign agency re­ports about them. The he­li­copter deal is just one ex­am­ple. Many scan­dals have come to light in past only when some for­eign agency tum­bles upon them. This will hap­pen when an en­ter­pris­ing court like one at Mi­lan does it.

Why did the CBI or some other agency not dis­close a let­ter writ­ten by James Chris­tian Michel to Peter Hulet, then head of In­dia sales of

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