Those walking the footpaths are the foot soldiers of democracy
With reference to the report Parliament can't be run from footpath: Lalu (December 23), Lalu Prasad seems to be forgetting that the power he enjoys in Parliament is delegated by the people who happen to be the ultimate judge. Given the tussle over the jurisdiction of Parliament versus civil society, it would be appropriate to hold a general election. People do not pay taxes and vote politicians to office only to be taken for granted.
JN Bhartiya, Hyderabad
Dialogue over dissension
This refers to the editorial Lokpal: the real issue (Our Take, December 23). While it is true that Anna Hazare's efforts brought the lokpal issue to the fore, the powers which Anna and his team want to invest in one entity may lead to a situation where the lokpal becomes overbearing and dictatorial. Rather than diatribe, a dialogue is needed to arrive at a consensus so that an anti-corruption law comes into force, with enough checks to prevent the creation of an overbearing entity.
RK Malhotra, Delhi
What tomorrow holds for Iraq
Vikram Sood's article Now that Iraq's done (December 21) rightly traces the genesis of the US invasion of Iraq to the American hunger for oil and energy security. The way the Shia-Sunni conflict pans out in Iraq could hold the key to West Asia's stability. That China is way more assertive now than it was in 2001 should also be factored in.
Pushpinder Singh Khera, Delhi
Defying the shackles of time
Nikhil Kumar's article Conscience with a style (December 22) shows the concern Dev Anand had for society at large. His movies were centred around the evils prevailing in society. It is gratifying to note the media coverage the ageless icon received after his death.
K Venkataraman, Delhi