The people of Egypt deserve to be lauded for making Hosni Mubarak, dictator who ruled the country for 30 years, step down from presidency. The country looks poised for a smooth transition to democracy. The caretaker military government should stick to its six-moth timeline for elections.

K. Pradeep, Chennai

The people of Egypt have ushered in a silent revolution through non-violence. Dictatorship or democracy, when people's aspirations are neglected and corruption becomes rampant, revolutions are bound to take place.

The development in Egypt is a good augury. It has demonstrated the effectiveness of unity and non-violence. Let us hope the Egypt example will become a trendsetter.

V.V.V. Satyanarayana, Tanuku

The Egyptians have created history by bringing down the autocratic regime in just 18 days of protests. Although the U.S. now wants to be seen as backing the people's movement, it should not be forgotten that Mr. Mubarak ruled the nation for three decades only with Washington's support.

Let us hope the U.S. will not interfere in Egypt. The military, too, should avoid fishing in troubled waters. The military rulers should conduct the elections fairly and transparently. The international community wants a duly elected democratic government in Egypt, for which its people united under one umbrella with a single object.

S. Nallasivan, Tirunelveli

From start to finish, it took all of 18 days for the Arab world to change beyond recognition. Mr. Mubarak's three-decades rule has ended. That West Asia is approaching a state of flux is evident from the nature of the Egyptian revolution, which was peaceful save for a few clashes. It laid bare the commonly held belief that the Arab world and democracy do not go together. The Egyptians have started the process of change; it now needs to be sustained by their well-wishers.

Motupalli S. Prasad, Chennai

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