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india Updated: Aug 24, 2013 07:53 IST
Asaram Bapu

It is the duty of the believer to stop people who harm religion
With reference to Asaram Bapu sexually assaulted minor: FIR (August 22), it is unfortunate that there are many self-styled godmen in our midst who are promoting themselves in the name of Hinduism. Almost all of them are involved in misconduct. It is one thing to have faith in a religion and another to blindly believe someone claiming to have ‘powers’. People who really believe in a religion and want to protect it from crass commercialisation should step forward and protect it from such individuals.
Rathi Raj, via email

Social causes lost to globalisation
Farrukh Dhondy in A divine intervention (Moving Finger, August 22) seems to be fascinated by the Archbishop of Cantebury’s social activism. While welcoming the Archbishop’s boldness to use Church money for the poor, attention should be drawn towards the social activism of other religious leaders too. Most of the earlier Hindu religious heads like Shankaracharya were completely devoted to the betterment of the poor. Due to the globalisation and commercialisation of the media, the social purpose towards which religious heads should be focused is lost.
A Prabaharan, Tiruchy

Make banks more accessible
With reference to Tejinder Singh’s Give institutional credit a fillip (August 22), still many of the rural poor find it easier to borrow loans from the local moneylender than from some far-off bank that requires a lot of paper work and formalities to be completed before a loan is sanctioned. Banks have a window-to-window approach that makes it difficult for an illiterate person. For institutionalised credit to increase, banks should open more branches in rural areas and make the process less cumbersome.
Komal Jain, Bhopal

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