Thursday, June 20, 2002
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Not yet another Rath Yatra again!
BJP and Rath Yatra together have now famously or infamously become synonymous with communal violence. It is therefore very worrisome, that BJP wants to take out a Rath Yatra in Gujarat and that too, so soon after one of the most traumatic communal spree of genocidal violence in the State. Instead of rehabilitation of refugees, the authorities are forcibly closing the camps to paint the picture of a fake normalcy. This is most callous and inhuman. People can never trust BJP’s words like sadhbhavna and communal harmony mission. In the interest of nation form being subjected to another round of unfortunate confrontation and provocation, Vajpayee and Advani should refrain from supporting such gimmicks that bring up the horrendous memories of Babri Masjid demolition aftermath. India is still not recovered either from Gujarat upheaval or its border face-off with Pakistan. Proposing such misadventure at this juncture shows up utter insensitivity of the national leaders to the sentiments of the people of the country.
GHULAM MUHAMMED, P.O.BOX: 16685, BANDRA WEST, MUMBAI -400 050.