‘Cancer is Divine Justice for Sins’? Himanta Biswa sparks Twitter War

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Story highlights

  • Assam Health Minister Himanta Birwa stirs controversy over his speech
  • He states that ‘cancer is a divine justice for the sins’
  • This led to a tweet war between the minister and the twitteraties

The Health, Education, and Finance Minister and the BJP leader representing Assam recently spark controversy after his speech at an event. In his speech, he quoted Cancer as a Divine Justice for Sins that stirs a twitter war.

Himanta Biswa Speech

Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday attended an event where the government of the state distributed appointment letters to 254 teachers. On this event, he delivered a speech that is now a part of criticism.

Quoting the work efficiency of government teachers to that of teachers working in private he asked why the same teachers who work hard while employed at low wages in private schools do not work with the same zeal once they get government jobs with higher salaries. “That divine justice will always be there. We have to suffer the divine justice. Nobody can escape that,” he said.

Adding to this he said,  “People cannot compensate for the sins that are committed against the Unseen. Many often wonder why a person has been afflicted by cancer, why a young man has been affected by cancer. But when you see the background, it will be found that it is divine justice, nothing else.”

Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that people suffer from life-threatening diseases such as cancer because of sins committed in the past. “Hinduism believes in karmic law and human suffering is linked to the karmic deficiency in past life,” he added.

His way of linking the hazardous disease like Cancer to the Divine Sins stirs controversy and leads to a twitter war.

How Twitteraties reacted

The starting point to this controversy was Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram when he tweeted about the statement made by Himanta Biswa on Cancer.

Chidambaram in his tweet wrote, “‘Cancer is divine justice for sins’ says Assam Minister Sharma. That is what switching parties does to a person”.

In a reply to this tweet, Himanta said, “Sir, please do not distort. Simply I said that Hinduism believe in karmic law and human sufferings are linked to karmic deficiency of past life. Don’t you belief that too?Of course in your party I do not know whether Hindu philosophy can be discussed at all”.

Later his tweet the Twitter war started and the Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai also took the advantage of the opportunity and wrote, “And the pumpkin of the day award to Himanta Biswa. Thought he was much better than this”.

In a reply to this Himanta said, “Do not belittle Hindu philosophy in such simplistic way. If you call me anytime to your studio, I will argue with you that karmic law do exist. You can not written of teachings of Bhagavadgita by using the word pumpkin of the day etc”.

Adding to this he said, “Should I deserve this tweet for quoting Bhagavadgita before a new batch of teachers and asking them to teach poor students sincerely. I do not know when quoting Hindu philosophy to inspire a batch of teachers suddenly become a sin in this country”.

In a reply to this, Rajdeep said, “Sir, with due respect, laws of karma surely should not be used to explain cancer in today’s day and age. This is not about Gita but about being more sensitive to the suffering”.

To this Himanta replied, “Did my speech was on cancer? Who told you? I simply asked a new batch of teachers to work sincerely & work for poor.In that context, I argue that if we do not work sincerely in next life we might face karmic deficiency & that may lead to sufferings .what is insensitive about this?

Later to this Rajdeep replied and sent apologies to Himanta, “Let us agree to disagree. I believe we must promote scientific temper, not superstition. Cancer is a challenge, not a curse! But I am sorry to use a word like ‘pumpkin’. My apologies.”

Himanta on this replied, “Go through my speech. I never said that sin cause cancer. It was a speech to motivate teacher.serve poor or otherwise, you may face karmic deficiency and suffer in next life can not promote human value.religion might.”

On the matter, the Tripura Royal Scion and Congress leader Pradyot Manikya also made a statement criticising Himanta and wrote, “Why don’t u give up arguing with every critic and simply state that u were saying an old proverb “jaise karni waist bharni” .Would perhaps silence many !”

On this the health minister replied, “Not arguing with anyone. Only availing a huge opportunity to speak little bit about Hindu philosophy. We accept that even Lord Krishna died because of karmic deficiency. That’s is our philosophy.”

Being a Health Minister Himanta should know the difference between a scientific term and sayings from mythology. He cant relate both as if is done so it may lead to such controversies.

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