In the article “The losing battle against corruption” (Jan. 18), R.K. Raghavan has rightly pointed to the two important officials who are under the scanner. He has also suggested remedies to combat corruption.

But the only way to arrest corruption is for people to act. We should resolve not to submit to the pressure of those who demand illegal gratification, and not to vote for corrupt leaders. This may appear to be a tall order. But it is the electorate alone that can weed out the undesirable elements. Let us hope that charity will begin at home soon.

K. Nehru Patnaik, Visakhapatnam

What saddens me is that only a few regard corruption as a serious issue to be dealt with. For others, media revelations of corruption and corrupt leaders are just sensational news and part of daily life, over which they have no say. Unfortunately, even in the general elections, corruption is not an issue. It is people's indifference that is exploited to the hilt by politicians.

G. Kulandaivelu, Panruti

The politician-official-middleman-don nexus is squarely responsible for corruption. It exists at all levels. The “giver” is happy that he or she can get things done, never mind the violation of law, and the “receiver” is happy that he or she can make easy money.

Any number of laws and agencies will not help in checking corruption because those who are responsible for enforcing the law are themselves corrupt.

Ramya Ravindran, Cuddalore

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