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Sir, By not allowing the VHP leaders, Praveen Togadia and Giriraj Kishore, to make inflammatory speeches and disturb communal peace, and sending them back, the Bihar Government has done the right thing. The Hindu community never authorised these rabble-rousers to speak on its behalf. The common man is not enticed by the prospect of a temple coming up in Ayodhya. The very fact that the issues of the downtrodden never find a mention in the speeches of these leaders exposes their real motive.
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Sir, The decision of the Bihar Government was correct. The ruling RJD knew the effect the message of hate spread by the VHP would have on a State like Bihar. It was also a good precautionary measure because a breakdown of law and order would have given rise to a demand for President's rule in the State.
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Sir, The Bihar Government which thought nothing of ordering the ouster of Mr. Togadia and Acharya Kishore becomes numb when it comes to acting against criminals and communalists, a large number of whom belong to the ruling RJD. Today criminals and extortionists abound in Bihar. Reports indicate that a large number of businesses have opted out of Bihar during the last decade because of the prevailing lawlessness. The RJD leader, Laloo Prasad Yadav, may be a spontaneous orator and an effective communicator, which endears him to our drawing room analysts, but he is also responsible for the pitiable condition of Bihar.
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Sir, How can there be peace in the Indian subcontinent when the VHP and the Sangh outfits continue to promote the `hate minorities' campaign? The Togadias and the Narendra Modis send out negative signals to the civilised society. While the military rulers in Pakistan continue to challenge the Indian claim on Kashmir, the `saffronised' Indian leadership challenges the very creation and existence of Pakistan. It would be in the interest of both the nations to bury the hatchet.
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