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india Updated: Aug 07, 2011 23:25 IST

Not taxing those gift horses can help us get rid of corruption
The editorial Don't tax their spirit (The Pundit, August 5) has rightly argued that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati should not be taxed for the gifts given to her. In fact, this can serve as a ray of hope to other politicians. The concept of bribe will disappear as gifts take centrestage and embarrassing incidents like the 'cash for votes' scam will be things of the past. The middle class, meanwhile, can keep toiling away, their meagre earnings substantially reduced by paying taxes to enrich the government's coffers.
Khushbu Verma, Noida

Not quite the whole picture
The editorial We can't just bank on it (Our Take, August 5) seems to be missing key points in trying to figure out inflation. The government's failure to deal with black money and widespread corruption have both contributed to inflation. If government spending is flawed, the budgeted expenditure can be reduced. Infrastructure development can prevent foodgrain rotting, preventing growing differences in demand and supply.
Manish Kothari, via email

Pretenders to the cause
With reference to Sheo Narayan Singh's article Counter-evolutionary (August 5), it would be foolish to assume that the present unrest is completely justified. Even the most liberal State can be bullied by political drama being played for personal gains, which seems to be the case with many of the Anna-like campaigns. Only the real voices will last and make the State listen to them.
Asad Waseem, via email