Don't let smear campaigns derail the Lokpal bill's drafting
The editorial Digressions, digressions (Our Take, April 23) rightly speaks of the mess created in the context of drafting the Lokpal bill. Contrary to what the media is trying to propagate, there is hardly one among us who is totally clean. The Bhushans are no exception. What is important is the drafting of an effective lokpal bill. Destabilising the process by a widespread smear campaign is not in the national interest.
Kumar Anand, Delhi
His long silence is telling
With reference to the editorial Resurrecting the buried (Our Take, April 25), Sanjiv Bhatt, an IPS officer, has claimed in an affidavit before the Supreme Court that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had connived in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Bhatt's word would have carried weight if he had spoken out immediately after the riots. His decision to keep quiet for so long is intriguing.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
We still keep the faith
The report Phase II sees 85% voter turnout (April 24) amply displays the enthusiastic participation of the people in the majestic carnival of Indian democracy. In spite of scams, inflation, non-governance, terrorism and every other problem in our lives, the huge voter turnout in the West Bengal assembly polls and the recently-held panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir belie apprehensions of people's diminishing faith in the system of democracy. On the contrary, people's faith in democracy and in their power to bring change through the ballot seems to be strengthening.
MC Joshi, Lucknow