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india Updated: Sep 14, 2012 23:31 IST

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The sedition law hasn't kept up with the times. It must be amended
There's no denying that doing away with the sedition law will boost free speech in the world's largest democracy, as Samar Halarnkar states in Gandhi would approve (Maha Bharat, September 13). The sedition law hasn't moved with the times. The concept of freedom of speech has acquired a new meaning with the social media and 24x7 news channels. The law must be amended now. Aseem Trivedi's cartoon is contemptuous because the government's policies, which the cartoonist was lampooning through his work, are flawed.
Aparajita Kotlia, via email

Be intelligent, not clever
It was a delight to read Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article It's not a smart choice (Incidentally, September 8). I agree that cleverness is not the same as intelligence. An intelligent person cares about others' welfare while a clever man thinks about personal benefit. Politicians, bureaucrats and industrialists can plunder public money because they are clever. But social activists launching an anti-corruption campaign just two years before elections demonstrate their intelligence. We should always remember that only the intelligent take the human race forward and change things for the better.
BP Nailwal, Dehradun

MS Yadav must stop his flip-flops
With reference to the report Won't support UPA if allies pull it down: SP (September 13), Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is known for his flip-flops. The SP should decide once and for all whether to support the UPA or not, as it cannot, on the one hand, criticise the Congress, Rahul Gandhi and UPA policies and, on the other, continue to be an ally of the government at the Centre.
Pramod Kumar, via emai