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india Updated: Feb 10, 2011 22:50 IST
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Some stoop to conquer, others to wipe dust off people's shoes
The report Officer wipes Maya's shoes (February 9) is shocking. It is shameful to see a security officer stoop so low as to clean the shoes of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati. What prompted the officer to wipe her dusty shoes is incomprehensible. Not that any amount of media attention on the shoe-cleaning act will dent Mayawati's image, for she has proved to be immune to criticism even when she went about building her own statues. In a short while, this news too, will get pushed under carpet.
Venkata Bindu, Hassan

Wearing culture on our sleeve
Sagarika Ghose's dissatisfaction with today's youth because of their deep-rooted Indian values is uncalled for (Still old at heart, Bloody Mary, Feb. 9). A rebellion should be for a genuine cause, not against something that doesn't deserve it. The Indian beliefs which Ghose condemns are the pillars of our society. It is unfortunate that the writer thinks that only brats form the intelligentsia and the rest are narrow-minded and uninteresting. Her strong support for the apostates is not very reassuring.
Shivam Swami, via email

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A few leaders, historians and journalists are striking at the roots of Indian nationalism under the garb of protecting human rights. The Indian youth has rightly branded them pseudo-secularists. These individuals are attacking the nation's cultural roots. India's youth have responded by rooting for religious conservatism to protect the nation and its culture.
SL Dua, Ghaziabad