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india Updated: Aug 02, 2011 22:59 IST

It's one thing to dislike Anna and another to malign his intent
Alok Bajpai's calling Anna Hazare a non-Gandhian is derogatory (Duragraha, not Satyagraha, August 1). While quoting Mahatma Gandhi and his works, the author seems to have missed the point that Hazare has all the qualities that Gandhi deemed necessary in a satyagrahi. Hazare is following the path of non-violence and satyagraha to fight corruption. He doesn't have any political ambitions. Instead of misinterpreting his intentions, we must give Hazare and his movement due credit.
OP Tandon, via email

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It's incorrect to compare Gandhi's satyagraha with that of Hazare's, as while the former fought against foreign rulers, Hazare is fighting fellow countrymen who are powerful but lack ethics. Indians should learn from the British who disliked Gandhi but never criticised his intent and ways of protesting. By labelling Hazare a duragrahi, Bajpai is doing a great disservice to the nation.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi

A long walk to freedom
This refers to the report No drama as Delhi does the SlutWalk (August 1). The recently concluded slut walk in Delhi sent out a clear message that women have the freedom to dress as they please. It was good to note that the event was well organised and it wasn't a mindless duplication of similar movements in the West. We need more such events and in various cities to spread awareness about the issue among masses.
Anchit Barnwal, Delhi