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RSS-Singh spat

Sir, — This refers to the article, "Go Arjun, go" (Aug. 18). From the rath yatra of L.K. Advani in 1990 to the Gujarat genocide, the RSS-BJP combine has been consistently pursuing its communal agenda. The Parivar has bestowed upon itself the exclusive right of patriotism.

How can organisations that have been spreading communal hatred and dividing people, and showing utter disregard for democratic norms and judicial processes, call themselves "patriotic"?

K. Madhavi,
Ghaziabad, U.P.

Sir, — It is time we Indians recognised the RSS for what it really is. The RSS may claim to be nationalistic and patriotic but do its actions prove this?

The RSS should openly state what its ideals are; it should not hide behind pronouncements of patriotism and Hindutva.

Kali Prasad,
Chennai

Sir, — The statement that subjecting the RSS to a prolonged legal battle would expose it is wishful thinking. The RSS was banned more than once.

Each time the ban was lifted because the government of the day was not able to substantiate the charges against it.

The Nehruvian values that the article refers to were the ones that led to Hindu revivalism in the late 1980s and 1990s.

R. Ananthanarayan,
Chennai

Sir, — The RSS would not have had the kind of mass following it has if it were anti-national. The RSS consists of intellectuals; its organisational skills and discipline are well known; and its efforts to instil patriotism are unquestionable.

K. Prakash,
Bangalore

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