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india Updated: Aug 30, 2011 22:47 IST

Those defending democracy are least likely to practise it
In his article The grand illusion (August 29), Amitav Ghosh deftly exposes the falsity of the claims being made for democracy by the very leaders undermining it. Those in the UPA who talk the most, usually say the least. These worthies don't realise that people do not care what politicians might say but are intently looking at what they will do.
NS Rajan, Bangalore

The editorial Beginning of a beginning (Our Take, August 29) rightly points out that Anna Hazare's 12-day stir has been successful in making the legislative body go beyond homilies. But Team Anna's victory is incomplete until a strong Lokpal Bill, with enough safeguards to prevent its misuse, is finally passed and implemented.
Satya Prakash, via email

Thanks to the Congress' underestimation of Anna Hazare's mass appeal and its own indecisive approach, the crisis lasted for 12 days. Only time will tell whether the ruling party has learnt any lesson. But the government's capitulation to Anna's demands is just a start. We hope he keeps the politicians on their toes.
Bal Govind, Noida

Set the right course
In her article Not off the mark (August 29), Kavita A Sharma rightly argues for a grievance redressal system for students. While the role of the RTI in allowing students access to their answersheets is laudable, more needs to be done. Even if cumbersome, it would be worth the effort as it would secure the future of the young of the country.
Nikita Vipul, via email