The BJP is suffering from a crisis of its own making
It appears that the BJP leadership is now suffering a malady of its own creation, as was evident in the report Advani snubs Raje supporters (August 15). First, the party failed to read the mood of the nation. The Rajasthan stalemate is nothing but the result of the BJP’s lethargic attitude towards handling the post-poll debacle. Despite 60-odd MLAs wanting Vasundhara Raje to continue as the Opposition leader, the BJP chief refuses to backtrack. Taking collective responsibility for the election defeat and holding direct talks with dissenters is the best way to address the present crisis.
P. Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
Not a genuine show of patriotism
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Agust 15 address was nothing but a litany of grand promises. As it is, a deep cloud of gloom seemed to be hanging over the assembled audience, ringed in as they were by a wall of security. Earlier, a large part of the speech used to be devoted to patriotism, but now it is nothing but an undisguised electoral appeal. A significant omission was the lack of any mention of the malaise of corruption that is eating into the vitals of the nation. We seem to have lost the will to protest, and must surrender to
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
In the early years of Independence, people expressed their feelings by hoisting the Tricolour. Now Independence Day is just a holiday where people relax with their families and switch the channels after watching the Tricolour being hoisted by the Prime Minister on television. Let’s show a little more spontaneity and sincerity towards the nation.
Soma Biswas, Delhi