Killers masquerading as Hinduism’s saviours
Vir Samgjvi in Murderers on camera (October 28) has rightly pointed out many issues in his multifaceted analysis of Narendra Modi. But there is not a single political entity in this country that is not concerned about the vote-bank on religious or casteist lines. If the Tehelka sting brings out the active anti-Muslim face of Modi, then this is not because he has chosen to be so. It is a reflection of the sentiments of crores of Gujaratis and Indians all over the country, and hence a votebank for him. And Sanghvi rightly stated that Modi is one of the best administrators in the country. To the writer, he is a mass murderer, but he is also a mass thinker who knows how to rule and win elections.
Shashank Jha, via e-mail
Vir Sanghvi has correctly expressed concern at the apathetic attitude of BJP leaders to the video-footage of those involved in the 2002 riots. Well-meaning people from both communities must contemplate ways to save citizens from the recurrence of such barbarity. Despite sharing each other’s cultures, the hurdle to the two communities coming together is the lack of mutual respect. The BJP has to either establish its detachment from these riots or denounce its members who may have had a hand in perpetrating them.
Ratna Ghosh, Lucknow
The people of Gujarat are now tired of hearing about the riots. Both the communities living in Gujarat are willing to forget the tragic events. We, the people of Gujarat, want to heal our wounds. We have started living peacefully and cordially. But the media hardly allows us the luxury of forgiving and forgetting.
Naval Langa, Ahmedabad
BJP may come around
Karan Thapar’s article A dishonourable exit, isn’t it? (October 28) throws up a possible solution to the deadlock on Indo-US nuclear deal. Winning the Left support on the deal is impossible, but there is a window of opportunity to soften the BJP’s opposition. Some clauses of the Hyde Act are the stumbling block. If the deleterious clauses of the Act can be offset by appropriate legislation here, the BJP may lend its support or at least abstain from voting when the deal is discussed in Parliament. The statements of BJP leaders seem to suggest that they may come around. Let the PMO give a thought to a solution on these lines. It would be unfortunate if the deal falls through.
KS Bhalla, Delhi
India: then and now
With reference to the Big Story, The Way We Were (October 28), it’s great to get a testimonial from you that India has made some material progress. But we have to know that the soul’s bankruptcy is a price which one has to pay for one’s material prosperity.
Ashok Dhanda, via email
The real India was never in the places you mentioned — Delhi, Mumbai or Chandigarh. Our India is in the villages, towns and secondary cities where Indian values are intact. A country has the right to develop and modernise, as long as its character does not change.
S Ramani, via e-mail