It is high time Akhilesh Yadav stopped being a proxy CM
With reference to the editorial No hand on the steering wheel (Our Take, August 5), it is appalling that at a time when other states are focusing on development, Uttar Pradesh is still stuck in the time warp of caste-based politics. The electorate had voted for Akhilesh Yadav, the youngest person ever to become Uttar Pradesh chief minister, in the hope that he would embark on the path of development. But judging from the way the UP government has been handling the suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal, who clamped down on the mining mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar, it wouldn’t be surprising if his voters felt let down. Several instances indicate that there are too many power centres — either family or his father Mulayam Singh Yadav’s friends — in the government. It’s time Yadav junior stopped being a proxy CM and took matters into his own hands.
Pramod Srivastava, via email
Nothing political about the RSS
With reference to the editorial The mask has all but dropped (Our Take, August 3), a certain section of the media, unfortunately, is falsely propagating that the RSS is a political outfit which calls the shots in the BJP. In reality, the RSS is a cultural and social organisation committed to nation-building that does yeoman’s service whenever and wherever required in the country. Its swayamsevaks (volunteers) helped the Indian Army in its rescue and relief operations in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. The RSS thinks that it is its duty to promote political leaders who have an inclusionary vision for India.
Ranbir Singh Jakher, Gurgaon
Opening a Pandora’s box
With reference to Samar Halarnkar’s article The rise of sub-India (Maha Bharat, August 01), the creation of a Telangana state will set a wrong precedent and stoke similar demands for smaller states. If the needs and aspirations of the people of all regions were addressed in a timely way by the state governments, they would not display fissiparous tendencies.
Reshu Mohindra, via email