Power vests with the people, let our leaders never forget that
I agree with Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s view that “the people are fuel”, who are ‘igniting’ the ongoing anti-corruption movement and slowly ‘combating’ social problems like corruption (India’s trial by ire, Incidentally, December 3). Our politicians do not deserve to be called leaders. They are public servants, who should consider themselves lucky to have got an opportunity to serve the nation. The Anna Hazare movement has reminded people that in a democracy real power lies with them. They, not politicians, should decide the nation’s future. Which is why it’s extremely important to ensure the success of the ongoing movement.
SN Kundra, via email
Intellectuals like Gandhi should not mince words while being critical of the UPA government, which doesn’t want to pass a strong Lokpal Bill. It’s obvious that the government is trying to stall Hazare’s movement and it enjoys the support of the Opposition. But with millions of people supporting Hazare and his movement, it’s unlikely that our politicians will succeed.
Kumar Anand, Delhi
Kapil Sibal in Indira's clothing
In his article #TheInsecureIndian (Maha Bharat, December 8), Samar Halarnkar rightly states that whenever it is in a soup, the Congress-led UPA government tries to clamp down on people’s freedom of expression. Just because someone made a disparaging remark about the prime minister and the Congress chief on a social network site does not mean that the telecommunication minister has the right to ask online forums to monitor their content. Kapil Sibal is trying to do an Indira Gandhi by cracking down on the media’s freedom.
DR Gulati, via email