Letters to BS on vandalism of Periyar, Lenin statues across India

The angry backlash over the defilement of Periyar's statue seems to have driven the BJP to strike a hasty retreat.

The defacement of the statues of Thanthai Periyar EV Ramasamy and Vladimir Lenin by disciplined foot soldiers of the Sangh Parivar constitutes a sign of the times. H Raja’s hate-filled tweet warrants his dismissal from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and his prosecution. The people of Tamil Nadu cannot be a punch bag for the likes of H Raja. Hopefully, the widespread protests in the state are taken note of by the Hindu revivalists. The contention that the desecration of Periyar’s statue was committed under the influence of alcohol by a BJP functionary and his accomplice, the ...