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Winds of change

Apropos 'We walk the talk, my govt’s fate is of no concern’ by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, Sunday Tribune, February 9), Arvind Kejriwal zoomed to political stardom overnight, sweeping and shaking the two “banyan trees” of Indian politics — the Congress and the BJP. People had come to believe nothing could grow under these trees. But fortunately this has changed. Multiple scams and political misgovernance and mimicry have helped Kejriwal ride the political crest. He has come to stay in Indian politics but he must be cautious and steady in his approach. His interview reflected an ambiguous head and heart.

BM Singh, Amritsar


Arvind Kejriwal has expressed the feelings of the common man in the street as far as corruption is concerned. No one in this country is coming forward to root out corruption. But when Kejriwal says that all the money will be given to ‘mohalla sabhas’ for utilising it as per their needs, I think he is wrong. People will only appropriate the money and do nothing. They will become idle and everything will come to a standstill. Such a system can’t go on for long. Kejriwal should get real. This way of governance will not work in a country like ours.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Fair play

Women have always played a key role along with men in the development of the country, but it is ironical that they are denied equal participation in the political affairs of the nation (‘Is this the change that we sought?’; Sunday Tribune, February 9). Known for its people-friendly approach, the Aam Aadmi Party should reform its patriarchal mindset and include more and more women in its fold. In the changing socio-political scenario, it will elicit an encouraging response in the forthcoming general election and help protect women from gender-related crimes.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur

Balancing act

Apropos Vandana Shukla’s article ‘Patriarchy is just 5 per cent of human history’ (Spectrum, February 9), if we look at the cultural history of India we will see that the balance between the matriarchy and patriarchy cultures has always been maintained. Our culture has demonstrated enough strength to survive the vicissitudes caused by the onslaught of foreign cultures. All the cultures were assimilated to the extent that we have come to be called a multicultural society. The question is regarding the values that sustain such a culture. It is correct, however, that there has been erosion in this concept due to scientific and technological advances, as also the global inroads that are affecting our daily lives. We must strive to maintain the balance by establishing equilibrium between matrilineal and patriarchal cultures.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula

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