Sourav Ganguly was a tiger on the cricket field, but he seems to be allowing discretion to be the better part of valour when it comes to the Citizenship Amendment Act and his daughter Sana’s post on the issue.
The 18-year-old Sana, quoting Kushwant Singh’s book, The End of India, wrote “Every fascist regime needs communities and groups to demonise in order to survive. It starts with one group or two. But it never ends there. A movement built on hate can only sustain itself by continually creating fear and strife.”
While Sana’s post on the CAA which is threatening to split the country apart was applauded by many, her father first said “Keep my daughter out of this”, adding “She is too young for politics”. Subsequently he claimed that the post, which has been taken down, “Was not true”.
Unlike many public figures, from writers, to actors, to sportspeople, Sourav has not spoken out on the controversial CAA, one way or the other.
He is, of course, fully entitled to keep his silence, on this or any other matter.
But to say that his daughter is “too young” to understand politics, at a time when students across the country are taking to the streets against the CAA is to be economical with facts.
At 18 years of age, Sana is old enough to vote. Will her father deny her the right to cast her ballot on the pretext that she is “too young” to understand politics?
If he really believes that, isn’t it is duty not only as a father but also as a responsible citizen of a democracy to help give her an understanding of politics and political issues?
Sourav’s prevarication in this instance, which is so unlike his customary feistiness, just isn’t cricket.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.