Letter to the Editor: Advani’s history

It is true that Kovind was a little known figure till the other day but now we know that he is humble, has a clean slate and while in active politics he had been above controversy.

Published:June 22, 2017 12:15 am
LK Advani, President, Ram Nath Kovind, Presidential Polls L K Advani (File Photo)

This refers to the article, ‘The man who won’t be President’ (IE, June 21). I wonder how Karan Thapar has ignored two basic facts while suggesting that L.K. Advani should have been the BJP’s presidential candidate. First, Advani had publicly opposed nomination of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and, second, the Supreme Court has restored criminal conspiracy charges against Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case. It is true that Kovind was a little known figure till the other day but now we know that he is humble, has a clean slate and while in active politics he had been above controversy.

M.C. Joshi, Lucknow

Beyond his caste

This refers to the article, ‘Journey of Ram Nath Kovind’ (IE, June 21). In 2002, the emergence of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as the successor to the then President K.R. Narayanan was preceded by intense political manoeuvring. The BJP government’s choice of former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate is a welcome rejection of caste prejudices. It is time the political class stopped debating his caste and reducing his candidature to a mere exercise in political outreach.

Shreyans Jain, Delhi

Not anti-India

This refers to the report, ‘Celebrating Pak win, 17 men charged with sedition’ (IE, June 21). Leaving aside the fact that the “evidence” in the cases is weak, why is it a crime to cheer a cricket team. It is one thing to look at sports as a metaphor for war, and quite another to take the idea literally. Supporting a cricket team, even the Pakistan one, is not anti-India. A country as large and diverse as ours deserves a legal system that does not waste its time with such trivial matters.

Bishwadeep Majumdar, Delhi

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    Raman Govindan
    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    as far as Advani's nomination for presidential election, may be that NModi felt unknown devil is better than known devil.
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    krishna Shrivastava
    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:15 am
    Supporting the Pak Cricket Team is a crime because cricket in India displays real emotions of viewers, the intellectuals like you still defending the Pro-Pakistanis slogans whether they were raised in JNU or in recent celebrations of our team defeat. At least when it comes to a matter of country's integrity, you should be Pro-Indian. Jai Hind
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    Amar Jit Singh Goraya-Australia
    Jun 22, 2017 at 3:55 am
    LKAdvani deserved to be the presidential candidate of BJP Advani ji has spent all his life serving BJP
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    Rational
    Jun 22, 2017 at 12:57 am
    Celebrating Pakistan's win is O K and can be said to be a display of sportsman spirit. Even saying Pakistan zindabad can be confined. But raising anti Indian slogans cannot be tolerated under any circumstance.
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