The great Indian family is breaking up
With reference to the article The changing face of the Indian family (The Big Story, June 16), it seems that the concept that absence makes hearts grow fonder is gaining popularity in India with many joint families mutually deciding to divide themselves into smaller family units.
Lack of space and independence, different work timings, equal distribution of property, etc, are among the many reasons behind children moving out of their parents’ house. In a joint family set-up, responsibilities are not assigned to all members equally and often some members, especially the young ones, are not consulted before crucial decisions are taken.
At a time when family feuds leading to legal battles among siblings over property and business are common, it seems better to live separately than to get into a family feud that can have long-term negative repercussions.
M Kumar, via email
The RSS must ease up on the BJP
With reference to the article Daddy does not know best (Chanakya, June 16), the fact that it took a call from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to defuse the crisis in the BJP caused by LK Advani’s resignation proves that the RSS is micro-managing the party’s affairs.
Even Narendra Modi’s elevation as election campaign committee chief would not have been possible if he didn’t have the support of the RSS. It’s high time the RSS left the business of politics to the BJP and the party redefined its identity on its own terms.
GK Arora, Delhi
I think it would be completely wrong to suggest that the BJP should cut its umbilical cord with the RSS. It’s the RSS cadre that does the groundwork for the BJP’s electoral expansion. The role of the RSS as the BJP’s ideological and political mentor and organisational gatekeeper has helped the party keep its house in order. Certainly, if the Congress is being monitored by the high command in New Delhi, the BJP is also being monitored by its high command in Nagpur.
Kamala Kumari, via email
An unwarranted apology
This refers to Karan Thapar’s article My turn to apologise (Sunday Sentiments, June 16). LK Advani apologised to Thapar because he believed that he was wrong.
But why is Thapar apologising now? Is his friendship with Advani more important than his ‘journalistic integrity’ which he thought required a firm standing?
Kala, via email
Thapar’s article shows a very different side of senior BJP leader LK Advani’s personality which most people are not aware of. I am impressed by the fact that a political figure of his stature called Thapar to apologise after verifying the facts.
It clearly shows his class. But all said and done, the astute politician should now accept the rising popularity of his former protégé Narendra Modi. The imbroglio caused by Advani’s resignation lacked grace. He must step aside and let Modi get on with his job at the helm of the party.
Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
Politics is much more than a game
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Nitish is in the bus (Red Herring, June 16), it’s very strange of the writer to compare Nitish Kumar’s shrewd politics with juvenile school bus seating arrangements.
Kumar, who nurses prime ministerial ambitions, has landed himself in dire political trouble by parting ways with the NDA. He has underestimated the importance of the cadre-based vote bank of the BJP whose support he enjoyed. It is sad that Kumar has been so ungrateful to a party that has given him so much.
Surinder Sharma, via email
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