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In today's era when politics is reduced to bartering and bargaining, I remember Jayaprakash Narayan as the man who stood by his convictions and called for the resignation of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she was found guilty of violating electoral laws by the Allahabad High Court.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2012 21:56 IST

We need the constructive politics that JP practised
This refers to Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article A man to remember (Incidentally, June 16). In today's era when politics is reduced to bartering and bargaining, I remember Jayaprakash Narayan as the man who stood by his convictions and called for the resignation of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she was found guilty of violating electoral laws by the Allahabad High Court. From making dreaded dacoits surrender voluntarily to becoming an important figure in the India-wide network of Sarvodaya workers, he was a true Gandhian in every sense. At a time when the nation is in the grip of corruption, we need leaders like him who believe in action and not in symbolism like donning Gandhi caps.
Satbir Chadha , Delhi

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Without JP's idealism and heroic legacy our country's intellectual life is incomplete. However, at a time when mudslinging and name-calling are par for the course, there's little room for ideals that JP promulgated. The political class needs to realise that the voters are fed up of the kind of politics prevailing in the country. The cultivation of critical thoughts and constructive politics are need of the hour.
SD Sahay, Delhi

Delhi is no more a sultanate
This refers to Samar Halarnkar's article The end of Empire (Maha Bharat, June 21). Gone are the days of Maha-rajas ruling the country with an iron fist. Despite the dominance of the Congress at the Centre, India, a large and diverse country, needs regional parties to reflect regional interests at the national level. Therefore, no matter which party is at the helm, it will have to pay heed to its coalition partners. Delhi is no more a sultanate. It runs the country and not rules it.
Harry, via email

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