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The Hindustan Times-C fore Survey on Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption crusade (Majority backs Anna, but... December 15) should be an eye-opener for the UPA, which seems to be living in a fool’s paradise.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2011 00:38 IST

The UPA must listen to people, they want a strong Lokpal Bill

The Hindustan Times-C fore Survey on Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption crusade (Majority backs Anna, but... December 15) should be an eye-opener for the UPA, which seems to be living in a fool’s paradise. Despite its various attempts to weaken Hazare’s movement by making baseless allegations against him and his team members, almost 55% of Indians continue to support Hazare. The nation wants a strong Lokpal Bill and it wants the prime minister and the Central Bureau of Investigation to be covered under it. People have given their verdict, now the ball is in the government’s court.
Kumar Anand, Delhi


They no longer command respect

In her article House of mirrors (Third Eye, December 10) Barkha Dutt’s rightly points out that India is going though dangerous times, as the very symbol of democracy is under scrutiny. With walkouts and adjournments becoming the norm in Parliament, people are feeling cheated. The quality of debates and discussions in the House has dipped beyond imagination. The prime minister doesn’t want to engage in any debate while the Opposition continues to act unruly in Parliament. It’s true that politicians can’t expect people to respect an institution till they start respecting it themselves.
Medha Arya, via email


Not giving the real picture

Why is Namita Bhandare giving undue importance to issues like the reopening of theatres in Kashmir (In the theatre of normalcy, Another Day, December 10)? How will this move help Kashmiris, who face many other, far more serious problems daily? The need of the hour is to put pressure on the Centre to revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and restore normalcy. Bhandare is missing the point here.
Waseem Ellahi, via email