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Yes to Mukherjee

The nomination of Pranab Mukherjee for President is a wise step on the part of the UPA. He has vast experience in defence, external affairs and finance. He will not be a bench sitter at international fora, and can contribute a lot. The Opposition should support him for the good of the country, which will be headed by a man of integrity and sagacity. Also, that will send a healthy message to the wider world.

Manjit Singh, Ludhiana

Company matters

The Rishvatpur mentioned by Khushwant Singh in “This Above All” (June 17) is our own creation. People like Anna and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh start looking bad when they get surrounded by people with vested interests. Dignity of labour is missing, but that is not the only cause of corruption. It stems from the concentration of information, power and wealth in the hands of a few. Anna’s team too is missing the point of how to address this gap between the haves and the have-nots.

Tejinder Singh Bedi, Gurgaon


There is no single way to tackle endemic corruption till there is this huge gap between the rich and the poor. And it is not possible to narrow this gap until there is religion in the country. Only if everyone starts believing the line from Gurbani Khushwant has quoted, “Apnee hathee aapna apey hee kaaj savaari”, could there be some hope.

Anjudeepak Anand, Chambaghat


One reason for corruption is the lack of transparency in governance rules, the procedures are complicated, and the bureaucracy enjoys way too much discretion.

Gurparteek Kaur, Chandigarh


There is built-in corruption in the system, which has many determinants, including lack of patience to get things done. Inflation too has aggravated the woes of people. If procedures are well defined with a timeframe, we can look forward to a cleaner system. To blame income inequalities caused by fair means, such as higher education, for corruption is not fair. It is, in fact, an incentive for hard work.

M.M. Goel, Kurukshetra

Forgotten Fathers

Apropos “Daddy’s girl” (Spectrum, June 17), it is a fact that fatherhood is under-recognised. We talk of mother and sister, rarely the father, who too gives identity to the children. In relations, he is not given the importance he deserves. And remember, most girls are closer to their father rather than mother!

Mahesh Kapasi


The relationship with her father is the most important for a girl while growing up as well as through her life. A man loves his wife out of desire, the son out of ambition, but a daughter is just the apple of his eyes, and he has no words to express his love for her. A father may appear hard towards his son, berate him, keep him under scanner, or at times just ignore his demands, but when a daughter puts an arm over his shoulder and says, “Daddy, I need to ask you something,” he is a pat of butter in a pan.

Anjali Sharma, Hamirpur

Unallied forces

Kamlendra Kanwar’s “The naysayers” (Perspective, June 17) highlighted well the nuisance of regional satraps hurting national interest for the parochial. A weak government at the Centre is the reason. The opportunistic alliance put together by the Congress has resulted in the policy paralysis. In the larger national interest, people must not give a fractured mandate.

A.K. Sharma, Chandigarh

One India

Apropos “History by the word of mouth” by Ira Pande, our civilisation has a distinct treasure trove of plural identities, made rich by scriptures, myths, fables and fantasies that are part of our innate culture and beliefs. India is many countries in one, whether it is the language, dress, colour of skin or food. A south-Indian and a north-Indian may be strangers in many ways, yet they are one culturally.

B.M. Singh, Amritsar

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