This refers to the article, “Raj dharma and Buddhi dharma” (June 2). The people of India have respected Buddhi dharma by rejecting the rhetoric of the so-called intellectuals who were critical of both the BJP and its present Prime Minister. Did these “intellectuals” exhibit Buddhi dharma when there were tumultuous events during the UPA’s rule? One is confident that the BJP government will follow the Raj dharma and not sacrifice secularism.

K. Sivasubramanian, Chennai

The word dharma would have been better understood if its English equivalent of “law” were used, law being a dynamic subject born of buddhi (human intelligence) while dharma means a constantly changing situation which will always be related to universal and natural laws.

V.K. Eswaran, Chennai

The articles, on the dharmas and “The wordsmith as public intellectual”, on Nehru, (June 2) bring out the importance of valuing Buddhi dharma in statecraft. It was because Nehru had a holistic vision about life and governance — which he acquired through voracious reading and profound thinking — that the foundations of Indian democracy were set in stone. It is also because he espoused liberal values and freedom that India, despite being poor, could stand tall among all other nations. Prof. deSouza’s article has highlighted why a nation should value dissenting voices without paying heed to everything critics might say.

N. Vinayak, Kozhikode

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