The youth must take a stand and say no to bribes to get work done
This refers to the report 42% of India's youth have paid a bribe: HT Survey (Youth Survey 2012, February 6). It is ironic that though youngsters deplore the high level of corruption in public life and turn out in large numbers to support anti-corruption rallies, around 42% of them agree that they have paid a bribe to get their work done. This hypocrisy encourages sarkari babus to indulge in unconstitutional and illegal activities like bribery and get away with it. To bring about a positive change in the system, youngsters should vow never to pay bribes.
Piyush Sharma, Bhopal
The editorial Let's ease up on the grease (Our Take, February 8) is worrying. The youth are a victim of corruption, not a party to it. They pay bribes because they don’t have an option. They supported Anna Hazare because they saw a ray of hope in the social activist and his anti-corruption drive. Unfortunately, since the movement seems to have fizzled out, the youth have no alternative but to accept corruption as a way of life.
Bal Govind, Noida
Watching porn on their watch
This refers to the report Karnataka ministers watch porn in House (February 8). The incident is extremely shocking — not because the BJP ministers in question were watching pornographic videos but because they were doing so in the state assembly. It shows how elected representatives take public welfare for granted. Instead of debating on issues that concern the common man and formulating policies, ministers Krishna Palemar, Lakshman V Savadi and CC Patil were making a mockery of our democratic institutions.
Sudhakar Shenoy, Mumbai