This refers to the report “Modi must deliver on Ram temple: RSS leader” (May 15). As an organisation that holds sway over the functioning of the BJP, the statements by various RSS leaders cannot be shrugged off as having no significance. The BJP did give hints during its campaigning of a communal agenda finding place, which many feared would gain prominence. They have now been proved right. In the event of his becoming the Prime Minister, Mr. Modi needs to focus his energy and time on corruption-free and secular governance. Any attempt to rake up contentious issues will not augur well for peace, harmony and development in the country.
Sholavandan, Tamil Nadu
Most people in the country who owe allegiance to right-wing organisations will be echoing the sentiments expressed by the senior ideologue of the RSS, M.G. Vaidya, on what a Modi-led government must do. In this election, what helped the BJP was intense anger against the Congress which helped the BJP overcome its negative past and traits. Reviving a right-wing agenda is inadvisable.
What is the urgency in building a Ram temple? There are issues such as deep-rooted corruption, unemployment, price rise and inflation and the plight of the poor which need to be tackled with a sense of urgency.
That the RSS exerts pressure on the BJP to build a Ram temple in the disputed site at Ayodhya even before the formation of a government at the Centre does not augur well for the harmonious coexistence of Hindus and Muslims. This reflects the lopsided priorities of the BJP, whose umbilical chord with the RSS only gets stronger with each passing day . The BJP would do well to distance itself from these divisive issues and steer clear of controversies right from inception.
One smells a rat and a plot in this. It is certain that the next wave of reforms which will have to be unleashed will affect the working and middle class sections of society. In such a situation, there is bound to be a social upheaval. In order to keep the attention of the people diverted, these RSS-dictated “core issues” will be unleashed. People should be vigilant and defeat such non-priorities.
The BJP appears to be excessively euphoric after the exit poll predictions and seems to have made up its mind not to leave any stone unturned this time to see that its old demands are fulfilled. The RSS should understand that people have supported the BJP in the name of development and that it should desist from raking up any issue that can damage the secular fabric of the country. An elected government needs to move forward taking all groups and communities with it.
The RSS appears to be reviving issues that no longer resonate in the mind of the new India. People want development and jobs. More than this, they want peace.
The BJP is advised not to act in haste and give in to RSS pressure tactics on controversial issues. What the RSS wants, especially on Article 370 and a uniform civil code, are issues that must be arrived at with a political consensus. If the BJP wins, it is because the people have become fed up with the UPA’s misgovernance. They put aside their differences and voted, expecting that their problems would be solved. The BJP should not disappoint them and should resolve crucial issues first.
Bhanamma Aravinda Bai,