Can he make the mark?
In his article We need to cut holidays and work harder (With Malice Towards One and All, August 28) Khushwant Singh says that Rahul Gandhi is an emerging young leader. But Gandhi's recent speech in Parliament proved that he isn't eligible to become a minister, leave aside his aspirations to become the prime minister. If Gandhi was really concerned about the nation, why did he keep mum on Anna Hazare's fast for 12 days? It's a pity that Singh has put his trust in a political opportunist.
Gautam Sawhney, Delhi
A law to judge the judgements
The judiciary in India has opposed every measure that aims at making the system accountable. Satya Prakash's article Objection, your honour (The Big Story, August 28) shows that there is a need for a law to protect litigants and also give them freedom to fearlessly express their opinion on court judgements.
Deendayal M Lulla, via email
Chinks in the UPA's armour
The article Our flip-flop-flip government (Chanakya, August 28) skilfully highlights the UPA government's indecisiveness. Nobody is questioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's integrity. But his silence on corruption charges against various Cabinet ministers is forcing people to question his leadership skills.
The Centre's handling, rather mishandling, of the debate on the lokpal shows that the UPA is a divided house.
Tirath Garg, Ferozepur
The controversy around the Lokpal Bill could have been avoided if the UPA had a clear strategy. From ordering a clamp down on Ramdev's agitation to arresting Anna Hazare and calling him an armchair
fascist, the UPA has made many mistakes while dealing with civil society activists. Our politicians should realise that in a democracy the real power lies with people. A government that can't stick to its decisions will never get the public's support.
Jitendra Kothari, via email
Not in so many words
Indrajit Hazra's article The game-changer (Red Herring, August 28) rightly stresses on the need for the UPA to stop talking and start acting. But the flowery language takes away the pleasure of reading the article. I hope Hazra returns to writing thought-provoking articles in his usual, unique style so that we can continue to enjoy his writing.
Alok Varshney, Delhi
Hazra must send a copy of his article to the 'prince in waiting'. I hope Hazra's 'speech' forces Rahul Gandhi to take charge and lead his party from the front.
Pooja Choudhary, via email
Well begun, half done
Manas Chakravarty's article Angels and demons (Loose Canon, August 28) brilliantly recounts the Anna Hazare's 12-day fast at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan. Hazare's supporters should not forget that though they have won this battle against the government, the war against corruption is far from over.
AK Sharma, Chandigarh
Chakravarty has sent out a clear message to our politicians that they must free 'Sita' (democracy) from their clutches. It was interesting to note that after the 'battle' was over, 'Lakshmana' (Arvind Kejriwal) was concerned about 'Rama's' (Anna Hazare) health while Hanuman (Prashant Bhushan) was busy enquiring about 'Sita's' 'condition'. Thanks to 'Ravana' (the prime minister), this 'Ramlila' has ended on a positive note.
GK Arora, Delhi
Anna's fighting for all Indians
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Age of extremes (Sunday Sentiments, August 28), billions are supporting Anna Hazare's movement because he has raised his voice against a problem that affects each and every Indian. Yoga guru Ramdev's movement against corruption failed because it was nothing but a publicity gimmick.
Prashant Rakheja, Gurgaon
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