The BJP must step out of the RSS's shadow and strike out on its own
With reference to the editorial Marching to different tunes (Our Take, May 8), it's quite evident that the RSS is coming in the way of the BJP's progress. The BJP must not amend its constitution under pressure from the RSS to re-elect Nitin Gadkari as its president, as it will be detrimental to the party which is facing more problems than it can handle. Hindutva, as the editorial rightly observes, is fetching diminishing electoral reforms. The BJP must project itself as a secular party if it wants to give the Congress a run for its money in the 2014 general elections. But first the BJP should give a thought to its ties with the RSS and ask it to stop backseat driving if it can't change with the times.
PK Srivastava, via email
Going above the PM's head
This refers to the report Clinton comes calling (May 8). US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed issues like FDI in retail and the Teesta water row with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent India visit. This is alarming, as Clinton is not only interfering with India's internal matters but also bypassing the prime minister's authority by talking about national issues with a chief minister. This could set a bad precedent.
OP Tandon, via email
A polluted river runs through Delhi
The report Toxins from Yamuna corroding Metro metal (May 4) should be an eye-opener for the government as well as Delhiites because everyone is responsible for polluting the Yamuna. That the various schemes to clean and save the river haven't worked is quite evident. If pollution in the Yamuna is affecting the Delhi Metro, one can imagine how dangerous it is for the people who live around the river bed.
Gautam Chandra, via email
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