The unelected leaders won where the elected ones failed
Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari’s statement that our democracy is threatened by ‘unelected’ dictators, not by ‘elected’ representatives, highlights his ignorance about the current situation (Battle lines are drawn, lokpal war turns ugly, June 14). The Congress-led UPA government is a failure. Instead of accepting its mistakes and apologising for its inability to govern the nation, it is taking potshots at members of the civil society. Such arrogance will cost the UPA dearly. It should not forget that in a democracy the real power lies with people.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
Rather than making fun of Baba Ramdev for calling off his fast in just nine days, the UPA government should be relieved that his agitation just fell short of putting the government in a fix. The government handled the Ramdev episode immaturely. It should have at least heard the civil society’s demands, weighed their pros and cons and taken a decision on whether to incorporate the changes in the draft Lokpal bill.
GC Verma, Delhi
His brush with controversies
This refers to Farrukh Dhondhy’s article Indian idol maker (Moving Finger, June 13). MF Husain was undoubtedly one of the greatest contemporary artists. But that stature didn’t give him the licence to paint controversial images of deities that hurt the sentiments of billions of Hindus. Artistic freedom doesn’t give anyone the right to take others’ beliefs for granted. He may not have done it intentionally, but Husain did breach the boundaries of religious tolerance.
Manish Sinha, via email