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Hindustan Times
November 15, 2012
First Published: 23:54 IST(15/11/2012)
Last Updated: 23:55 IST(15/11/2012)

The RSS is doing more harm than good to the BJP
This refers to the report Modi wasn’t behind Gadkari’s woes, claim BJP, RSS (November 13). By suggesting that Guj-arat chief minister Narendra Modi was behind Ram Jethmalani’s demand for BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s resignation, RSS ideologue MG Vaidya has done irreparable damage to the BJP which is already hit by intense factionalism. Though the RSS has distanced itself from the remark, this is not the first time that its intervention has made the BJP’s internal matters public. It’s time the BJP shrugs off the RSS influence and carves out an identity of its own otherwise the party will have to pay dearly in the Lok Sabha elections. By not micro-managing the affairs in the BJP, the RSS must remain non-political as it claims to be.
K Srinivas, via email

As an RSS ideologue, Vaidya is entitled to express his thoughts on the existing state of affairs in the BJP and the RSS. It is sad to note that instead of admitting and then resolving the internal problems, the BJP acted in haste and termed his views personal. The issue may die down in the media but the party will fail to see the big picture.
Balram Misra, via email 

India must support Suu Kyi
This refers to Sreeram Chaulia’s article It’s time to make up for lost ground (November 12). Despite being a democracy and a neighbour, India has officially dithered in lending support to Aung San Suu Kyi for strategic reasons, forcing the pro-democracy leader to draw a distinction between the Indian government and people. However, the time has come for India to ensure that it lends all the support that is required to ensure that Myanmar’s political transition to democracy is as smooth as possible.
Dinesh Kumar, via email


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