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letters@hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times
November 08, 2012
It’s high time the BJP came out of the shadow of the RSS
This refers to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Stuck in a time warp (Beyond The Bite, November 2). There has never been any doubt over the fact that the RSS is micro-managing the BJP. So why are we surprised to see RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy give BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who faces allegations of financial impropriety in his business dealings, a clean chit? On one hand, the BJP expects Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign on moral grounds for alleged irregularities in coal block allocations. On the other, it is okay with the idea of Gadkari continuing as BJP chief. Why the double standards? It’s high time the BJP came out of the shadow of the RSS.
Murari Chaturvedi, via email 
Sardesai’s comparison between the RSS’s hold on the BJP and the Gandhi family’s hold on the Congress is way off the mark. The organisational structures of the two parties are as different as chalk and cheese. The RSS is the ideological mentor of the BJP and it cannot force its suggestions on the latter, while the Gandhi family is the final decision-making body in the Congress.
Shanti Bhushan, via email

Bhajji is not the right choice
This refers to the editorial Play or perish (November 7). The BCCI’s selection of out-of-form Harbhajan Singh for the upcoming series against England doesn’t seem right, especially when Team India have plenty of other spinners. Singh was out of the team for almost six months and this should have made him of one of the least likelycandidates for the team.
GK Arora,  Delhi