Painting over his many faults
This refers to Amitava Sanyal’s article The last performer (Focus, June 12). Though not the appropriate time to rake up controversies, MF Husain’s depiction of Hindu icons in many of his paintings is inexcusable. The offence is compounded by the fact that the same artistic licence was not applied when painting Muslim characters. Husain combined talent with commercial sense but he did breach the barriers of decency.
Bishan Sahai, via email
Politics behind the Baba’s piety
Varghese K George and Charu Sudan Kasturi in Making of brand Baba (The Big Story, June 12) have traced the journey of Ramkishan Yadav to Baba Ramdev. Ramdev enjoys a huge following but his inflexible attitude and outrageous demands including death for the corrupt have politicised the issue of corruption.
Anju D Anand, via email
Many divisions in the house
The article Will the BJP stand up? (Chanakya, June 12) observes that Baba Ramdev’s confrontation with the UPA government on the corruption issue has given the BJP an opportunity to grab power at the Centre. But does the BJP possess a AB Vajpayee-like leader with inborn traits of steering an unruly ship? Speculations about the BJP reaping the benefits of the present situation seem premature.
Vishal Bhambhani, via email
The BJP’s umbilical cord is inextricably linked to the Sangh parivar. The ‘outsourcing’ of the party president’s post to Nitin Gadkari became necessary when post-Vajpayee, the BJP’s young turks began talking out of turn. None of this noise adds up to a substantial political opposition against the scam-tainted Congress. Inexplicably, the BJP has queered its own pitch in Karnataka and efforts to set its house in order has left it no time for national politics.
R Narayanan, via email
Dancing queen, feel the heat
This refers to Manas Chakravarty’s article Dancing queen (Loose Canon, June 12). The media have made much of Sushma Swaraj’s dance moves. Surprisingly, the snide remarks and jibes were missing when Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit danced at a ceremony before the Commonwealth Games even as Delhi was submerged by floods. If dancing to a patriotic song is a crime, then should we also mock Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru?
Sushant Vermani, Delhi
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s jig at Rajghat while protesting against corruption and black money was nothing but political drama. Her argument that she was dancing to patriotic songs is unacceptable. Swaraj must stop this tamasha and concentrate on the welfare of the people and the nation.
Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
Not a fair balance
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article Goodness gets silly (Sunday Sentiments, June 12), the bill prepared by the National Advisory Council (NAC) for tackling communal violence has been widely condemned. It is a classic case of good intentions turning silly. It is bizarre that a body headed by Sonia Gandhi drafted a legislation that pre-determines that members of the majority community are, without exception, the perpetrators of communal violence.
M Ratan, Delhi
Thapar deserves kudos for blasting the ridiculously biased draft of the bill to tackle communal violence. The draft is a naked attempt to appease the minorities. The majority-minority syndrome was coined by the British government to strengthen their policy of ‘divide and rule’. Why the Congress is carrying on this divisive strategy is beyond anyone. When all citizens are equal before the law, why this majority-minority syndrome?
AK Sharma, Chandigarh
The review of the book Simla: The Summer Capital of British India (When they went to Simla, Read, June 18), appeared in some editions without the name of the reviewer, Pankaj Vohra. We regret the error.