How can the blind lead the blind?

Tehelka - - 20 - BHASKAR THALIYATH,

Re­cent re­ports re­veal Ramdev’s trusts evaded ser­vice tax by pass­ing off fees charged as do­na­tions. The tax eva­sion, be­tween 2006 and 2011, is re­ported to be around 4 crore. The re­port also claims that Ramdev holds huge tracts of un­reg­is­tered land. The yoga guru needs to an­swer these charges be­fore launch­ing an anti-cor­rup­tion drive.

FLEEC­ING SKILLS

Re­fer to ‘ The Baba. The Black­ness. And the Sheep’ by Re­vati Laul, 25 Au­gust. A coun­try that pro­duced Gandhi and Vivekananda is now run­ning aer such third rate babas. So pa­thetic that we don’t have any good lead­ers to look up to. All lead­ers are ei­ther com­mu­nal or cor­rupt. Where are we head­ing to?

STAN JOE, ON FACE­BOOK

SHOW OF PAWAR

Re­fer to ‘ What is His Game Plan?’ by Rana Ayyub, 4 Au­gust. I re­ally en­joyed read­ing your ar­ti­cle on Sharad Pawar’s strat­egy. Keep it up!

RA­CHIT JAIN, ON EMAIL

WHAT BHA­GAT WANTS

Re­fer to ‘ Lead­ing the Idioc­racy’ by Shougat Das­gupta, 18 Au­gust. Chetan Bha­gat, in his books and col­umns, gives a naive idea of In­dia and seems to lack an un­der­stand­ing of the In­dian re­al­ity from the three most im­por­tant pa­ram­e­ters namely caste, class, and gen­der. His writ­ing is for those who are on a sta­ple diet of TV soaps and me­dia-whipped so­cial fer­vour by Anna Hazare kind of move­ments. In short, a so­cioe­co­nomic or­der con­ducive to crony cap­i­tal­ism at the na­tional level and a fastin­te­grat­ing, In­ter­net-pro­pelled, US-bi­ased, quasi-po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic at the in­ter­na­tional level. Con­tem­po­rary In­dian writ­ers show more sen­si­tiv­ity in their lit­er­ary work

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