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This refers to Rajesh Mahapatra and Ravik Bhattacharya's analysis From Didi to Mamata (Variety, April 17). Banerjee is not against industrialisation.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2011 01:05 IST

Didi will give Bengal what the Left couldn't give it in decades
This refers to Rajesh Mahapatra and Ravik Bhattacharya's analysis From Didi to Mamata (Variety, April 17). Banerjee is not against industrialisation. She is against the regressive policies of the Left Front, which have stalled the development in the state for decades. Banerjee cares about the welfare of the people of Bengal. We hope that she wins the assembly elections and puts the state on the road to development.
PS Pradeep, via email

Not all fair and square
This refers to Mariko Chang's article Why women earn less than men (Global, April 17). It is ridiculous that actresses and female models are paid less than their male counterparts. It's surprising because advertisers prefer female models to sell all products, including even men's products like shaving razors. The discrimination is baffling and reinforces the need for gender equality.
Mahesh Kumar, Delhi

Let's stick to the right side
The article Middle India rises (The Big Story, April 17), which presented case studies of people who have been victimised by corruption was informative and well-researched. Anna Hazare is a national hero today because almost every Indian has suffered at the hands of corruption. Therefore, those who are criticising Hazare are doing a great disservice to the nation.
Narendra Kumar, Chandigarh

Anna has called a spade a shovel
Karan Thapar in Saint and sinner (Sunday Sentiments, April 17) is right in stating that it's human to make mistakes. Anna Hazare may have been involved in a corruption case at some point of time. But one mistake can't overshadow his crusade against the government. He has the courage to call a spade a spade, which very few people possess. Hazare may not be a saint, but he is not a sinner.
Priya Sisodia, via email

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Thapar's article is a mix of wisdom and intellectual chicanery. He simultaneously praises and criticises Hazare, confusing readers on where he stands on the issue of corruption. Thapar also decries Narendra Modi for not passing a Lokpal Bill in Gujarat. But he forgets that Gujarat is one of the least corrupt states in India even without a Lokpal.
Kumar Anand, Delhi

Together, we can
In his article Money can end corruption (Sunday Guest Column, April 17), Abhijit Banerjee suggests some workable solutions to tackle corruption. Reforming the election process is of importance. Every political party should adhere to all the rules set by the Election Commission of India and no individual with a criminal record should be allowed to contest elections. On their part, people should refrain from bribing public officials. A concerted effort by the government and people is required to root out corruption.
SC Vaid, via email

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The irony of democracy
in India is that the common man is always at the receiving end of injustice. Hazare enjoys people's support because he has done the impossible by making the authorities concede to his demands. But recent developments have raised doubts over the passage of the Bill. The UPA is trying its best to deflect Hazare and his aides. The unfortunate result is that the focus has shifted from both the Bill as well as the issue of corruption.
Manmohan Bhatia, Delhi

Knot on the agenda
This refers to Manas Chakravarty's hilarious article Knots and crosses (Loose Canon, April 17). It is shameful that some of our politicians don't know the number of their spouses. This shows that morality and ethics don't go hand in hand with politics, and that our politicians are willing to stoop to any level to stay in power.
Bal Govind, Noida

It was in my space
Indrajit Hazra's article Watch this space (Red Herring, April 18) reminds me of the night of April 12, 1961, when the world witnessed Yuri Gagarin become the first man to step into the space. I was a 13-year-old then and felt proud of Gagarin's achievement, which was also a watershed in the history of space science.
RK Kapoor, Mumbai

A few lessons here
I don't endorse Khushwant Singh's praise for the DAV schools (There is no excuse for illiteracy, With Malice Towards One and All, April 17). I was in two DAV schools in Jharkhand and I am not impressed with the school's management, which runs schools only to make money. The schools lack basic facilities and the emphasis on learning the Vedas is a burden on students. Worse still, the DAV schools don't encourage creativity.
Vikas Gupta, Delhi