Of apples and oranges
Varghese K George comparison between Anna Hazare and Mahatma Gandhi in his article Does the Gandhi cap fit? (The Big Story, June 19) is unfair. Gandhi fought against foreigners for the nation's freedom and enjoyed every Indian's support. But Hazare's job is tougher, as he is fighting against his own people.
Anil Sharma, via email
Cynicism that refuses to age
In his article Good luck to Ramdev the saffron mascot (With Malice Towards One and All, June 19), Khushwant Singh's criticism of Baba Ramdev confirms that even at the age of 96, Singh is as cynical as he was in his youth. His arguments may not be entirely wrong. But he fails to justify his toeing the line of the Congress while commenting on corruption and black money.
Ashish Rai, via email
Means and the ends
With reference to the article Steal the Lokpal show (Chanakya, July 19), it's true that the issue of whether the prime minister should be covered under the lokpal or not is a distraction. The main issue is tackling corruption at every level in the system. It's naïve to believe that the government would readily approve the institution of an extra-constitutional agency to oversee its working. On the other hand, civil society activists may have good intentions, but their method of promoting the Lokpal Bill is unsatisfactory.
Jyotsna Sahai, via email
Chanakya asks: "Never mind Manmohan Singh, but can you really see any prime minister having his hand in the till?" I'd like to remind the writer that the common consensus in the Bofors case is that then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was involved in it, directly or indirectly. I like how towards the end, Chanakya smartly tries to convince Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to agree to come under the purview of the lokpal and end the controversy.
Manish Anand, via email
What the UPA does not understand is that it is missing the woods for the trees by fighting over the scope of the bill. I agree with Chanakya that the PM's nod to the bill would boost the image of the government and the Congress party.
Rajvir Singh, Meerut
Cap that doesn't cheer
Manas Chakravarty is at his satirical best in his article Ah, youthful spirits! (Loose Canon, June 19) where he describes his 'discussing' the problem of the age of drinking with a minister while sipping Laphroaig. It's ironic that while the law allows people to vote, drive and even get married at the age of 18 (for women), it forbids them to drink till they are 21 - or 25 if one goes by the Maharashtra government's proposal to revise the drinking age limit. The proposal has nothing to do with the health of the youth. It's a haphazard decision.
GK Arora, Delhi
The name-dropping game
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Differential calculus (Sunday Sentiments, June 19), how many readers know - or would care to know - about Christine Lagarde and Agustin Carstens? And who wants to know what Thapar feels about them? There are better ways in which Thapar can show off to the world that he met these two people who aspire to become the next International Monetary Fund chief.
BM Singh, Amritsar
Death in the 'fast' lane
This refers to Rahul Karmakar's article Famous fasters (360o, June 19). I would like to highlight that the freedom fighter Jatindra Nath Das was the first Indian who died in Lahore jail after fasting for 63 days. The jail authorities took several measures to force-feed him and other freedom fighters. But he did not eat and, as a result, passed away. When his body was being transferred from Lahore to Kolkata, people rushed to pay their homage to the martyr. Das was the only person to have fasted unto death in pre-independent India.
Sahitra Ghosh, via email
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