T.J.S. George, the co-founder of Asiaweek magazine, who does a weekly column for The New Indian Express, wrote a piece last week on Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan‘s decision to disallow a session of the Kerala legislative assembly to discuss the Centre’s contentious new farm laws.
The intro to the column read: “Arif Mohammed Khan must be the most frustrated politician in India today.”
His Excellency sent in a 1,263-word rejoinder.
Among other things, Khan who, like many BJP-appointed governors in non-BJP ruled states has erased the difference between a Governor and an “IT Cell” contractor, wrote:
“But for the grace of God, here is a piece written by God himself.…
“In your judgment you sound like God who is all-knowing about innermost feelings and has the right to judge.”
George, 94, a close associate of Ramnath Goenka, and biographer of M. S. Subbulakshmi and Pothan Joseph, has a succinct 61-word response in today’s column.
Dear Shri Arif Mohammed Khan,
Thank you for your note. I am too mundane a journalist to have any pretensions of being God. Also, I have no allegiance to any party, any ideology, any religion. My only allegiance is to my profession. I will happily publish your letter so that your views reach the public as freely as mine do. I trust God won’t mind that…