NEW DELHI, May 1 – Hailing Dinesh Goswami as one of the tallest Parliamentarians of his time, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari said his works on electoral reforms were still relevant today.
The Vice President was addressing a gathering at his official residence after releasing a book, Dinesh Goswami, An Ardent Patriot, a compilation of his speeches in Parliament spread over two decades, edited and published by AGP Rajya Sabha MP Kumar Deepak Das. The function held here on Tuesday afternoon was attended by a galaxy of leaders cutting across political parties.
Those who attended the function included Union Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo, Minister of State for DoNER Paban Singh Ghatowar, Union Minister of State Ninong Ering, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Bhubaneswar Kalita, Dip Gogoi, Pankaj Bora, Biren Baishya, Joseph Toppo, Vincent H Pala, Mukut Mithi, Dr Kamala Kalita and Justice Biplab Sharma among others.
Releasing the book, the Vice President said that the Dinesh Goswami Committee report on electoral reforms is still relevant. “I think we do need electoral reforms, not procedural reforms but substantive reforms,” Ansari said.
Stating that the book would serve as reference for young Parliamentarians, the Vice President, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, rued the lack of books on Indian political thoughts.
Recalling his long association with Dinesh Goswami, the Union Tribal Affairs Minister took everyone down the memory lane when he met Goswami as a young Parliamentarian. Describing him as an excellent orator, Kishore Chandra Deo recalled the days when they, without realising the gravity of their act, brought down the Janata Party Government.
He said that the electoral reforms committee set up by Dinesh Goswami as the Union Law Minister in 1989, of which Kishore Chandra Deo was the convener, recommended path-breaking initiatives, most of which were later followed by the then Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan.
Addressing the gathering Minister DoNER said that he first heard of Dinesh Goswami as the popular commentator of Bordoloi Trophy Football Tournament. Then he followed his short stories, which were very popular those days. Describing Goswami as an upright and an admired Parliamentarian.
Recalling his contributions for safeguard of identity of the indigenous people as convenor of the committee set up for the purpose after signing of the Assam Accord, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that the book would be an asset for the new generation.