Power with­out Au­thor­ity

India Today - - MAIL -

Peo­ple of In­dia have un­equiv­o­cal, in­dis­putable and supreme power only once in five years, when it is time to vote and elect their rep­re­sen­ta­tives (“You Are the Power”, Au­gust 19). But with the elec­tions over, the same peo­ple are ren­dered pow­er­less till it is time for next elec­tions. The truth is, peo­ple have the power to vote and elect their rep­re­sen­ta­tives but have no power to op­pose them, cross- ex­am­ine them, ad­mon­ish them and ques­tion their per­for­mance. Hence this power of cit­i­zens is in re­al­ity very limited. Also, the 67th year of in­de­pen­dence brings cheer only to those who oc­cupy im­por­tant, pow­er­ful po­si­tions or be­long to the up­per strata of the so­ci­ety. So­cial me­dia plat­forms like Face­book and Twit­ter mean noth­ing to those who strug­gle for one square meal a day. M. Y. SHAR­IFF, Chen­nai The front page logo of In­de­pen­dence Day spe­cial is­sue should have read “you are pow­er­less” in­stead of “you are the power” be­cause the truth is, the cit­i­zens of this coun­try are pow­er­less be­fore cor­rupt politi­cians who pre­tend to be the guardians of our Con­sti­tu­tion but leave no stone un­turned to loot the coun­try in ev­ery con­ceiv­able way. YU­VRAJ MATHUR, Chandi­garh Your In­de­pen­dence Day spe­cial is­sue was a novel, creative and re­fresh­ing take on the para­mount im­por­tance of so­cial me­dia. Leaf­ing through the ar­ti­cles posted by celebri­ties as well as the or­di­nary cit­i­zens made me re­alise the im­por­tance of so­cial me­dia in an emerg­ing coun­try like In­dia. I am proud and lucky to be­long to a gen­er­a­tion which has ac­cess to th­ese pow­er­ful tools which can go a long way to­wards de­cid­ing and shap­ing the fu­ture of the na­tion. TER­RIL THOMAS, Bahrain

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