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With reference to the report Cold vibes as Modi and Advani come face to face (September 16), ever since Atal Bihari Vajpayee left the political scene, LK Advani has been gradually marginalised by leaders who have hardly done anything for the BJP.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2013 02:03 IST

In the absence of a strong leader, the RSS is hijacking the BJP
With reference to the report Cold vibes as Modi and Advani come face to face (September 16), ever since Atal Bihari Vajpayee left the political scene, LK Advani has been gradually marginalised by leaders who have hardly done anything for the BJP. The new crop of BJP leaders are eager for instant success and that’s why some are seen touching Baba Ramdev’s feet while others are defending ‘innocent’ Asaram Bapu. To top it all, now the party has declared Narendra Modi, who remains tarred by the 2002 Gujarat riots, its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. It was with the support of the RSS that BJP president Rajnath Singh could manage to deliver a coup de grâce to Advani. Only Vajpayee could keep the RSS in check. It’s sad that in the absence of a strong leader the RSS is hijacking the BJP.
-Narinder K Sabharwal, Gurgaon

We must give the West Bengal chief minister time to prove herself
With reference to the editorial The illusion of poriborton (Our Take, September 17), it’s undeniable that the death of 41 children in the Dr BC Roy Memorial Children Hospital and the hospitalisation of 67 children after they were orally administered Hepatitis B vaccine, instead of pulse polio immunisation are tragic incidents and erring staff responsible for such acts should be brought to book. However, it would not be prudent to expect Mamata Banerjee to turn around the moribund state of the healthcare system overnight. Various public services are in a shambles thanks to the 34-year misrule of the Left Front government. We must give Banerjee and her government time to prove themselves.
-Jayant Mukherjee, Kolkata

It’s not fair to call America racist because of a handful of people
With reference to the report A first: Indian-American Davuluri is Miss America (September 17), it is appalling that a handful of people in the US, which voted for an African-American president not once but twice, have a problem with Miss America Nina Davuluri’s skin colour. The media should not blame the entire American society for the folly of a few disgruntled elements.
-Tharcius S Fernando, via email

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