This refers to the editorial “Egypt shakes West Asia” (Jan. 31). The use of security forces and blocking of communication networks to put out the flames of unrest will not work for President Hosni Mubarak. He cannot turn a blind eye to the genuine concerns of the man on the street.

M.K. Muhammed Raeez,

Kozhikode

Evidently, the uprising in Egypt is an assertion of people's power. Round-the-clock media coverage of the demonstrations clearly shows what is happening in the land of pyramids is a non-violent revolution — of the people, for the people and by the people.

People are ready to face batons, teargas canisters, rubber bullets, water cannons and armoured trucks because of their pent-up frustration and anger.

G. David Milton,

Maruthancode

The vehement protests show that a dictatorship cannot hold ground for long in any part of the world. We are certainly witnessing a transformative moment in West Asia.

Shahana Munazir,

New Delhi

Mr. Mubarak's days appear numbered and even his wide-ranging contacts with heads of states and military forces cannot prevent his decline. Suppression and exploitation never last.

Nasim Akhtar,

Hyderabad

What is happening in Egypt is the result of ignoring poverty, resorting to repression, and glossing over unemployment and corruption. Mismanagement and dependence on the military — the bedrock of Egypt's governing system — will have a telling effect on its economy. Mr. Mubarak should resign and pave the way for free and fair elections.

Sravana Ramachandran,

Udhagamandalam

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