Sadiq brings new life in Labour Party
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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