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india Updated: Apr 12, 2013 20:46 IST

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Our democracy will mature when we stop voting for caste, religion
I agree with Sagarika Ghose's suggestion in Mr Fixit vs Mr Dreamer (Bloody Mary, April 10) that Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi are as different as chalk and cheese in their persona, style of politics and background. I, however, don't agree with her that our democracy is maturing. Our democracy will mature only when people stop voting in the name of caste or religion and broaden their thinking and politicians seek for votes on the basis of their performance. Modi alone cannot change the way our democracy functions. But yes, he is a ray of hope amidst a general darkness.
Bal Govind, Noida

They connected with the people
Gopalkrishna Gandhi in The creativity wallahs (Incidentally, April 6) paints a vivid picture of writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and educationist Ahalya Chari, both of whom died recently. While Jhabvala was a distinguished author and winner of the Booker Prize and the Oscar, Ahalya Chari was one of the architects of the education system in India. Both of them touched lives in a profound way that struck a chord with the people. Chari laid focus on creative education and was a visionary who formulated a child-friendly educational curriculum.
Devendra Khurana, Bhopal

Listen to legitimate grievances
With reference to the editorial Sensitivity and more sense now (Our Take, April 9), Jairam Ramesh rightly suggests that the Kashmiri youth are largely unemployed and easy prey for terror outfits in Pakistan. Chief minister Omar Abdullah needs to be encouraged to bring Kashmiri youth into the mainstream. If we wish to restore normalcy in the state the indifference of Indian authorities to their legitimate grievances must stop.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai