Assam Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that accidents and diseases like cancer were outcome of past actions as every human being had to face “divine justice.”
Talking at a function organised for distribution of appointment letters to teachers in Guwahati, Sarma said, “God makes us suffer when we commit a sin. Sometimes, we come across young men getting inflicted with cancer or young men meeting with accidents. If you observe the background, you will come to know that it’s divine justice. Nothing else. We have to suffer that divine justice.”
The former Congress member said it was mentioned in the Gita and the Bible about the outcome of one’s actions. “In this lifetime or in our previous life, or perhaps my father or mother… perhaps that young man did not do but his father has done something wrong. It is mentioned even in Gita, Bible about the outcome of one’s actions. No point in being sad… everyone will face the outcome of this life’s actions in this life only. That divine justice always will be there. Nobody can escape the divine justice that will happen.”
Sarma’s remarks created a furore and many from the political circle slammed him for his insensitivity. “‘Cancer is divine justice for sins’ says Assam Minister Sharma. That is what switching parties does to a person,” said Congress leader P Chidambaram.
Responding to Chidambaram, Sarma on Twitter justified his comments linking them with the karmic law of Hinduism. “Sir, please do not distort. Simply I said that Hinduism believe in karmic law and human sufferings are linked to a karmic deficiency of past life.Don’t you believe that too? Of course in your party I do not know whether Hindu philosophy can be discussed at all,” he said.