Pranab Mukherjee, in his maiden address to the nation as President, was right in saying “when authority becomes authoritarian, democracy suffers; but when protest becomes endemic, we are flirting with chaos” (Aug. 15). But I want to ask the legislature, the executive, the judiciary and the media: when corruption becomes an epidemic as well as endemic and spreads across the nation, how are people to deal with it? They have to take the route of protest to vent their anger.

In a democracy, it is impossible to acknowledge and endure problems like corruption and not take any action. The only thing people can do is come out of their homes and raise their voices against it because it would be utopian to think that the government will deal with it.

Apoorva Sinha,

New Delhi

Mr. Mukherjee’s observation that anger against corruption should not become an excuse for an assault on democracy comes at an appropriate time — when anti-graft movements are assuming a distinctly virulent shade.

The editorial “Outsourcing vote-catching” (Aug. 15) is sagacious in saying that the tussle for votes with different entities throwing their hat in the ring might well result in a frayed vote bank. What is of course amusing is that many parties throwing their weight behind the movement possess questionable motives.

R. Anuradha,


Everybody respects Parliament and its decisions. Nobody is against our democratic institutions. The protests are against the corrupt and those who support them. Is the demand that the nation bring back the black money stashed away abroad an “assault” on democracy?

Mohit Panwar,


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