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Letters to the Editor: 13 February, 2020

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Rise of Arvind Kejriwal

Poll-results for Delhi state-assembly giving Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) a thumping majority and Congress faring badly confirms elimination of the outfit as a national political party. The rise of Arvind Kejriwal aiming towards a probable opposition-face for top post in governance of the country in case AAP goes ahead by establishing its strong units in other states starting from UP because residents of the state are amongst most beneficiaries of free medical facilities available in Delhi at cost of money of the state’s tax-payers. Poll-strategist Prashant Kishor has once again established his expertise in AAP leading to historical victory, and can be instrumental in the party aiming to replace Congress as national outfit.

Poll-results should lead BJP to think of much-required change in state-leadership to hand over charge of Delhi to a local respectable face known for honesty even though he may have to sacrifice his present post of Union Cabinet Minister. BJP-ruled Central government should re-think its governance-strategy. It should carry forward with reformative-bills like on Population Control, Poll Reforms and Uniform Civil Code first rather than prioritizing on bills that may create controversy. Economic policies should be completely overhauled to make it user-friendly and employment-generating. Voters can never digest excuse of global recession because the party-mentor RSS always stressed on Swadeshi economic policy. Stress should be to revive ancient tradition of making people adopt to savings rather than on loans.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

Prevention is better than cure

Coronavirus is fatal and more dangerous than the world is anticipating. Even the whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang who first highlighted about the disease in December has died of the virus. Medical teams looking after Coronavirus patients are getting infected and dying. China is a communist country and they are not disclosing to the world about the seriousness of the disease which has the potential of even wiping out the human race from the earth.

World superpowers including US need to pressurize WHO to take extensive measures to invade China by the best of medical researchers and doctors to know more about the disease to find vaccine to deal with the virus. China themselves should forget all rivalries as well as protocols to join hands with the globe to fight this deadliest virus which is life threatening. Coronavirus has no cure and prevention is the only option under the circumstances. Turning vegetarian too is healthy amidst the dangers of eating meat which has come to the forefront at the spread of Coronavirus.


Parameswarji: A towering intellectual

In thinker, writer, orator, scholar and director of the Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram P Parameswaran’s demise the Sangh Parivar, the RSS and Indian political and spiritual field in general has lost a stalwart who dedicated his life on Hindu and Indian spiritualism and ideology.
He was fondly called as Parameswarji by Sangh Parivar and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and worked with prominent leaders like Deendayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani during the Jana Sangh days. Parameswaran was also a freedom fighter and served as all India general secretary of the Jana Sangh in 1960s.

He was honoured with Padma Shri in 2004 and the country’s second highest civilian award the Padma Vibhushan in 2018. Parameswarji was a prolific writer, poet, researcher and a widely-respected RSS ideologue. He was the Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s secretary (1967–1971) and vice president (1971–1977), as well as the director of the Deendayal Research Institute (1977–1982).

He had served the political and social spheres in Kerala and played a pivotal role in spreading the influence of the Bharatheeya Jana Sangh in the Kerala politics dominated by the LDF and the UDF.  A very well known scholar, writer and orator he was attracted to Sangh ideology at a very young age and later became a ‘pracharak,’ full-time worker of the RSS in 1951 and devoted his life to it. He was  wisely respected and admired by all including his political opponents. Though he was offered many posts owing to his calibre and mettle he declined all of them clearly showing his dedication to his duty and work rather than being avaricious for power.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  in his message has said that his was a life devoted to India’s cultural awakening, spiritual regeneration and serving the poorest of the poor. Parameswarji’ will remain an immortal colossus in the political and social spheres and a role model and guide to those researching and studying on Indian spiritualism, heritage and culture. May his soul rest in peace.

M Pradyu

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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