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Nation's agony

Sir, — The video footage showing the former Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Dilip Singh Judev, accepting bundles of currency was watched in agony by the entire nation. Despite this, the BJP leaders have described Mr. Judev as innocent. The only silver lining is that the Prime Minister has ordered a CBI probe into the episode.

B. Sarath Babu,
Hyderabad

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Sir, — The exposť is the result of the media's untiring efforts. As stated in your editorial, `Corruption on camera' (Nov. 18), it is difficult to check the use of unaccounted money during elections. Massive sums flow into the hands of politicians from several "sources" and the strings invariably attached to them result ultimately in politicians digging their own graves.

K.D. Viswanaathan,
Coimbatore, T.N.

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Sir, — The timing of the controversy makes one feel that it is perhaps the Opposition's handiwork. But the clippings are clear enough.

P. Krishna,
Chennai

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Sir, — The conversation in the VCD shows how important contracts are fixed and how crores of rupees change hands in the name of party donation. It is time the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister introspected on this.

A.R. Karthick,
Chennai

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Sir, — Morality has reached its lowest ebb and no one even thinks of taking moral responsibility. No one would dare approach politicians with bribe if they have moral authority and political integrity. When politicians collude with anti-social and fraudulent elements, the people suffer.

S.A. Srinivasa Sarma,
Mumbai

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Sir, — Looks like a fresh Tehelka-like scam has blown up in the face of the BJP. There will be charges and counter-charges. The Congress will flog the ruling party for the shameful act while the BJP will try to discredit the Opposition. It will be prudent to gaze inward than to wrestle with shadows.

J.S. Acharya,
Hyderabad

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