Shivpal Yadav is not totally off the mark on public officials and theft
There's nothing wrong with Uttar Pradesh public works department minister Shivpal Singh Yadav's advice to officials in the state (Quote misquote, August 11). His statement that there's no harm in officials stealing little amounts of public money if they work hard requires careful evaluation. It would be naïve to expect that corruption can end overnight in India. Almost every minister and babu in the country is neck deep in corruption. We will have to take small steps to fight the big problem. Therefore, Yadav is not off the mark with his suggestion.
Taposh Bhattacharya, Bhopal
Put the nation before the party
In his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, it seemed that President Pranab Mukherjee was speaking on behalf of the Congress, and not as the first citizen of India (Poor progress could spark youth rage, warns Pranab, August 15). He attacked Team Anna and Baba Ramdev and defended the UPA in which he served as finance minister. As president, Mukherjee should not have any biases. He should work for the nation and not for his former party.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
This is not in the national interest
The editorial The message is loud and clear (Our Take, August 15) is in bad taste. Hindustan Times should not disregard social activists who want to make India a better country. It is amazing that a leading Indian daily shares its views on corruption and black money with the UPA government, which has made corruption a way of life in just eight years of its rule. With this editorial, it seems that HT is opposing everyone who cares about the country's future and raises his/her voice against a corrupt system.
Ajay Goyal, Gurgaon