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The BJP in doldrums as Modi gains

What BJP leader LK Advani has voiced in his blog is nothing new (news report “BJP rift in the open, Advani hits out at Gadkari”, June 1). The party is going through a rough and uncertain phase. It is disjointed and unable to knock out a tottering Congress. That makes Gujarat the lone shining citadel and thus politically valuable as well as vulnerable. A loss or even a poor show in Gujarat elections this year would make the BJP a near non-starter for 2014. The Modi bandwagon must hence be made to go on to win Gujarat, even if Advani gets miffed in the process.  The RSS has realised this and hence the Gadkari climbdown. Once Modi retains power in his state, power equations will be redrawn for 2014.

R NARAYANAN, Ghaziabad


It seems the reason behind Advani’s ‘blog-bomb’ was nothing but a vent to his failure to stop Nitin Gadkari from succumbing to Modi’s pressure on the Sanjay Joshi issue. Surely, the ‘party with a difference’ now suffers from indiscipline. Whether it is former Karnataka Chief Minister Yedyurappa or former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s tantrums; Gujarat BJP leaders campaigning against Narendra Modi or Gadkari accepting sacked BSP minister and an accused in NRHM scam Babu Singh Kushwaha into the partyfold or the party’s poor handling of Rajya Sabha nomination in Jharkhand — all these issues have undermined the party’s campaign against UPA’s corruption.


Nothing less

Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s talk on unilateral withdrawal and then demilitarisation of Siachen glacier is nothing but a misleading statement (Gurmeet Kanwal’s article “Siachen demilitarisation” (June 1).

Siachen covers strategic heights and huge source of water. Nobody should tell us to go away from our own territory. Our positions must be strengthened and made more comfortable for our troops. Jaisalmer has high temperatures of 50 degree C plus, we cannot ask troops to vacate it. Our troops are capable of serving in the most inhospitable conditions. As for trusting Pakistan is concerned, it has amply exhibited its intentions through continued violation of borders, Kargil war and 26/11 attacks. Let Pakistan close down terrorist training camps and put all accused of terror plots in India in jail before talking peace.

SC VAID, Greater Noida

Senseless bandhs

You have rightly snubbed the sponsors of Bharat bandhs as this form of protest adds to the economic woes of daily wage-earners besides disrupting normal life (‘Senseless shutdown’, June1). It is no less than a crime to prevent a dying patient reach hospital or bar an examinee from reaching an examination centre. Let the judiciary take cognisance of people’s problems and help the nation by framing suitable rules, if the Legislative and the Executive fail in their duties to protect the common man from such travails. Unfortunately, unethical vote bank politics has been emboldening mischief mongers to thrive in politics on the ruins of public property.

B B GOYAL, Ludhiana


Surely, a growing India with a dwindling economy under global slowdown cannot afford politically sponsored shutdowns which always and unavoidably result in mad arson and mindless destruction. We all know how meager our resources are to take on the burden of the growing population. Can the country afford destruction of even a small vehicle or property or such unnecessary wastage of man hours and production? There is no benefit that accrues from such derisive activities other than scoring political score or sullying the incumbent government’s image. 

RAVI RANA, Kapurthala

Animal’s need, man’s greed

Mahesh Grover’s middle ‘Wolves in sheep’s clothing’ (May24) was a scathing attack on human beings who appear to be gentle and well behaved in demeanour, but are the opposite in reality. The writer has rightly given the animals an upper edge as whatever they do is driven by need but in the case of humans it is driven by greed. Hypocrisy and intrigues are very common in human kingdom but missing from animal kingdom. The holy scriptures say ‘human race is the most supreme of all races’. But through our gory deeds we are maligning this reputation and have fallen far below the level of animals.

SHIVANI DUA, Jalandhar



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