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Mr. Dhadda said the tirade against The Hindu, The Times of India and The Indian Express by Mr. Singhal and another VHP functionary, G. Pulla Reddy, at a press conference was indicative of the level of intolerance these leaders had in their attitude towards society in general and the media in particular. "Are they the ones who would tell the newspapers what should be their editorial policy?'' Mr. Dhadda asked.
Taking serious objection to Mr. Singhal referring to these newspapers as "traitors'', the nonagenarian Dhadda, who edits the Sarvodaya newsletter, Satyagrah Meemansa, felt that the VHP leader should be more careful with words. "Instead of calling others traitors, Mr. Singhal should carefully examine the possible outcome of his activities and decide whether they are in national interest,'' he said. Challenging Mr. Singhal's claim that the VHP volunteers were no fundamentalists as they do not carry AK-47 rifles and they believed in peace, Mr. Dhadda said the "trishuls'' carried by the followers of Hindutva were proving a lethal weapon.
Moreover, the public utterances of Mr. Singhal, another VHP leader, Pravin Togadia, and the Shiv Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, always tended to incite violence and create disharmony in society. "No sensible newspaper can support their action,'' he said.
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