Letters to the Editor  November 23, 2020

 thehindu.com  11/22/2020 19:38:51 

As expected, Home Minister Amit Shah took control over the situation in Chennai after dedicating several projects for Tamil Nadu and after making the AIADMK leadership to voluntarily announce the continuation of the partys alliance with the BJP for the 2021 Assembly elections, thus ensuring a strong base for the BJP in Tamil Nadu (Page 1, November 22). Unlike earlier polls, issues related to the State only will be predominant this time. Though the BJP is not a major force in Tamil Nadu, its motive is to indeed emerge as a reckoning force in this coalition. The ideologies and policies of the AIADMK are different from those of the BJPs and it remains to be seen how the parties manage things. The Home Minister skirted controversial issues such as the New Education policy, the language issue and farmers woes. Seen objectively, the alliance seems to be a hotch-potch arrangement for electoral gains.

Chennai

The announcement on the alliance in Tamil Nadu has finally laid all speculation about it to rest, only strengthening the perception of the AIADMK being tied to the Modi governments apron strings. True, the BJP holds sway over much of the country, but it has only a negligible presence in Tamil Nadu. In its eagerness to gain a toehold and build a base in the State by piggybacking on the AIADMK, the BJP could bargain for seats disproportionate to its strength.

Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

The country is already affected by the lack of well-rounded MBBS doctors. Therefore, the move to allow Ayurveda PG students to perform surgeries is a double whammy for patients. This approach of the present government, of sacrificing modern science at the altar of Ayurveda, is stupefying. The common man should not be treated like a guinea pig.

Noida

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