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india Updated: Jun 11, 2011 21:33 IST

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Make saving the environment a habit, not an annual activity
Abhijit Patnaik and Kamayani Singh's article The convenient environmentalists (Generation Green, June 5) should inspire everyone to care about our environment. The youth can play a big role in conserving environment and spreading awareness about the benefits of going green. It's our duty to conserve Mother Nature. We don't need World Environment Day to remind us of our responsibilities.
MPS Chadha, Chandigarh

If Pakistan wants peace...
This refers to Khushwant Singh's article It's time for Pakistan to come clean on terror (With Malice Towards One and All, June 5). Pakistan is not at all serious about curbing jihadi terror. Almost half of Pakistan's - and the world's - problems will be solved if it extradites the terrorists India has on its 'most wanted' list.
Sharfe Alam Qasmi, Mumbai

Ramdev exposes skeletons in the UPA's closet
This refers to the article Rage of a yoga teacher (Chanakya, June 4). The police action on Ramdev's protest confirms that the government has many skeletons in the closet. The media are no better. They, including Chanakya, are opportunists and switch loyalties as and when it suits them. But as concerned citizens, it is our responsibility to take Ramdev's fight against corruption and black money to the bitter end.
Manojit Pusty, Kharagpur

II
Chanakya rightly questions the feasibility of the demands that Ramdev has made to the government. But it can't be denied that the UPA has no intention of tackling the issue of black money. Though Ramdev lacks farsightedness, he must be credited for putting pressure on the government to take note of the problem.
Rashmi Gaur, Gurgaon

III
A democratic government is answerable to people. But it seems that transparency and accountability are alien to the UPA. The sad irony is that people are fighting against a corrupt government, which is the sole authority to pass laws on corruption. Will the UPA really give in to people's demands? It's anybody's guess.
Mahesh Kumar, Delhi

That male writer Naipaul
VS Naipaul's condescending remarks about female authors are uncalled for. Karan Thapar, in his article, VS versus the ladies (Sunday Sentiments, June 5), rightly remarks that Naipaul is arrogant ("he likes to be called Sir Vidia") and a misogynist. Naipaul's claim of identifying the gender of an author by just reading a paragraph or two is as farcical as his observation that "women can't possibly be as good at writing as men". It's a publicity stunt and should be treated as one.
Rakesh Sherawat, via email

II
It's high time Naipaul toned down his bigotry and haughtiness, both in his writing and behaviour. Who cares about what Naipaul thinks of women authors? His criticism or praise for them won't make or break their careers. If he thinks women don't make good writers then he should stop reading books by female authors.
Jitendra G Kothari, via email

III
It seems winning the Nobel prize for literature has gone to Naipaul's head. The award doesn't give him the right to look down upon others. The reason he cites to justify his comment on women authors - "A woman is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over her in her writing too." - is ridiculous.

It seems Naipaul has lost his sense of judgement.
SC Vaid, Chandigarh

Fast and furious
Manas Chakravarty in Feasting on fasts (Loose Canon, June 5) rightly states that the 'epidemic' of fasting is spreading fast. Every Tom, Dick and Harry is fasting on some pretext or the other to become famous. Fasting, if done rightly and for the right reasons, is good for health. But people, in the name of 'satyagraha', are making a mockery of the practice of fasting.
GK Arora, Delhi

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