Be fair to Bedi on the fare issue
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Beg, borrow, Bedi (Sunday Sentiments, October 30), Kiran Bedi's fudging a few travel bills is small potatoes in comparison with the losses to the nation at the hands of the UPA. The government's targeting of Team Anna to detract public attention away from its inability to counter corruption. It's surprising that the UPA has managed to mislead the media too. While Bedi has indeed made a mistake, it's incorrect to say that she is as corrupt as the UPA.
Shanti Bhushan, via email
The organisers agreed to pay business class fare to Bedi and the issue was settled between the two parties. It wasn't people's money that Bedi, as the UPA wants us to believe, siphoned off. Therefore, the government's allegation is baseless.
RM Ramaul, via email
UPA's ganging up on the gang
The article Stop the gang war (Chanakya, October 30) beautifully captures the trajectory of Anna Gang's crusade against corruption. The politicisation of Hazare's movement and the cracks in the group are reasons for worry. The Kiran Bedi controversy has, to an extent, blurred the lines between the corrupt and reformists. Anna & Co seem to be reeling under a severe identity crisis. The 'gang' must decide its future course of action before people lose faith in it.
Jugnu Bagga, Delhi
It's wrong to equate the government's siphoning off crores of taxpayers' money with Bedi's inflated travel bills. The media is making a mountain out of a molehill when it should be focusing on the government's inaction on corruption.
Kaushik Mitra, via email
The government will certainly try to create problems for Team Anna. But this shouldn't demoralise Hazare and his associates. They must continue their fight till Parliament passes the Jan Lokpal Bill without diluting it. It's a pity that instead of cashing in on a chance to win people's confidence by passing the Bill, the Congress is trying to destabilise civil society's movement.
Hari Sharma, Noida
Pre-occupied with Occupy
Indrajit Hazra rightly states that whether or not it affects the common man, the exploitation of sex workers is a major social problem (Occupy GB Road, Red Herring, October 30). While the world, including India, is sympathising with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, no one is willing to spare a thought for sex workers, who work in deplorable conditions and are treated with contempt. The fact that only the government can help them by amending the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act explains why the situation hasn't improved much in so many years.
Sharda Bhargav, Jalandhar
Can't leave those kids alone
Manas Chakravarty does a good job of highlighting the concerns of teachers who are at the receiving end of the fast-changing trends in the field of education (On a clean slate, Loose Canon, October 30). An education system that subverts the role of teachers and encourages students to disrespect their elders is not in the interest of the nation.
Sunita Siva, Palghat
Find a fine balance
This refers to Sharon Fernandes's article Occupy Dalal Street? (The Big Story, October 30). The ongoing economic crisis has raised fears of a double-dip recession. First World nations must now seriously rethink their economic policies and initiate recovery measures. The world should realise that liberalisation without proper checks and balances is a recipe for disaster. We must adopt John Keynes' 'balanced economic' policy that advocates employment without inflation. As the crisis reveals, the West has a lot to learn from countries like India and China.
Durga Shankar, Hazaribagh