TAMIL NADU

BJP's politics

Sir, — Deposing before the Liberhan Commission, the Union Minister, L.K. Advani, is reported to have said that there was no conspiracy to demolish the Babri Masjid and that it was illegal (Jan. 29). The Minister is yet to condemn the Viswa Hindu Parishad's latest attempt to rake up the temple issue. The Ayodhya issue has become symptomatic of the BJP's electoral politics. The VHP and its `sant parivar' will be doing a great service to the nation in general and Hinduism in particular, if it drops the temple idea and instead used its energy to maintain the thousands of temples in the country which are fast becoming a part of the forgotten past. A Ram temple at the disputed site will be of use only to some self-serving sants and politicians, not to Hinduism.

Raghav Venkatesh, Gulbarga, Karnataka

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