The course from street protests to Parliament may not run smooth
With reference to the editorial It’s time to walk the talk (Our Take, August 4), Anna Hazare and his team members’ decision to enter politics by floating a new political party and contesting the 2014 elections is a welcome step. This will not only lend legitimacy to the team but also make them accountable to the people whom they are supposed to represent. Moreover, it will stop Team Anna from holding the country to ransom by launching indefinite hunger strikes. Now, it’s up to the people of the country to decide how smooth they will make Team Anna’s journey from street to Parliament.
Devendra Kaushik, Delhi
It is ironical that Hazare, who has shown no faith in electoral politics and has time and again said that people vote for “R100 or a bottle of liquor or a sari”, is now seeking the mandate of the electorate whom he once referred to as uninformed. Let’s see whether Team Anna will be able to translate people’s frustration with corruption into something tangible like votes.
Kamala Kumari, Noida
More pluck than luck
This refers to the report China’s groans, Saina’s bronze (August 4). It was heartening to see Saina Nehwal earn India’s first badminton Olympic medal — a bronze. However, many people aren’t giving her due credit for the walkover win as her opponent Wang Xin pulled out after suffering injuries. One cannot discount the fact that she was at her best in the semi-finals against world No 1 Wang Yihan. Second, Xin was too tired to win if the match had continued. No doubt, her fitness and unwavering focus deserve all the adulation she has got.
Janaki Mahadevan, via email