Feb. 13. — One perhaps has had enough of Mr Buta Singhs and Mr Sibte Razis. For a change, the Madhya Pradesh Governor is in the news for all the right reasons. On record, it was just a kavi sammelan-cum-mushaira at Raj Bhavan on the evening of 11 February. Off record, the Governor, Dr Balram Jakhar seemed to ‘serve’ a strong message of secularism to the BJP government, which constitutionally is ‘his’ government.
Renowned Hindi and Urdu poets were brought together on one stage at the Raj Bhavan. It certainly did not have political overtones. But against the backdrop of recent attacks on minorities and brief communal tension at Dhar, the Governor seemed to be giving a veiled message to the BJP government led by Mr Shivraj Singh Chauhan. It seems Dr Jhakar’s relations with Mr Chauhan are not as good as they were with former chief minister Mr Babulal Gaur. Just a fortnight ago, Dr Jakhar had expressed his displeasure at four attacks on Christians in the past two months.
The tight security during Basant Panchmi at Bhojshala/ Kamal Maula mosque is also partially attributed to the rebuttal that the chief minister might have received from the Governor. And then the Governor got Hindi and Urdu poets together to make the message clearer for him.
Dr Jakhar too took the microphone to invoke Nawaz Deobandi’s lines Socho, aakhir kab sochenge (think, when will we think after all)’.
Santosh Singh in Bhopal