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india Updated: Sep 01, 2011 20:48 IST

There's nothing wrong in calling a spade a spade
With reference to the editorial Hail to the chiefs! (The Pundit, August 31), why are politicians so livid with former police officer Kiran Bedi and actor Om Puri? Isn't it common knowledge that many of our elected representatives are facing criminal charges while some of them are in jail? Moreover, everyone is aware of educational qualifications (or the lack of it) of our elected leaders. I am surprised that no senior Congress minister pulled up Manish Tewari in public for calling anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare and his team armchair fascists and overground Marxists?
Narinder Sabharwal, Gurgaon

Aim for a strong lokpal
I endorse Rajdeep Sardesai's views as stated in Show a mighty heart (Beyond the Bite, August 26) that though Anna Hazare has made the people aware of their rights and the government's wrongs, he can't be compared with Mahatma Gandhi or Jayaprakash Narayan. It's also wrong to say 'Anna is India and India is Anna'. We are at a critical juncture of the lokpal movement and it's important for the followers of the Hazare movement not lose their focus from the main issue, that of demanding the passage of a strong Lokpal Bill.
Jaiprakash Narain Agrawal, via email

Every Indian has the right to raise his voice against their elected representatives if they do not perform their duties or behave ethically. But it's also important for people to realise that they cannot go against the Constitution. Both the government and the members of the civil society should not cross their limits while resolving the issue of corruption. We should all join hands for setting up a strong lokpal.
Neeraj Shukla, Delhi