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Wake up call

Apropos "Restless in Rio" by Shobhan Saxena (June 29), it is not surprising that Brazil's football-loving citizens have turned violent and are protesting against their own democratically elected government. The phenomenon of middle class citizens protesting against their own governments is not new. It started in the Arab world with the Jasmine Revolution, happened in India, and was repeated in Bangladesh's Shahbagh Square in February. Governments that unilaterally take decisions without heeding the demands of citizens, or are inherently corrupt, ought to realise that they cannot act irresponsibly any more.

Raj Deora, via email

Price of progress

Apropos "Uttarakhand: For richer, but poorer" (Cover Story, June 29), the writer deserves credit for bringing out the dichotomy plaguing the state. Successive state governments have only been interested in exploiting Uttarakhand's rich natural reserves. The rush of pilgrimage tourism has led to unabated construction, even in ecosensitive zones. The natural calamity may have caused less damage had the government been more sensitive to the ecological needs of the region. On the face of it, an extensive road network and concrete structures dotting the region seem to have brought prosperity, but tampering excessively with Nature always comes with a cost.

Manju Pant, Naukuchiata

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The package on independent bookstores (" Page Turners", June 29) was a treat. The picture of the bookstore, International Book Service, brought back memories of my college days in Pune. Now that I live in Bangalore, I visit Blossom bookshop often. Yes, Blossom has a mammoth collection of used books that makes one want to spend some time there on weekends. The staff too is caring. Select, the granddaddy of used book shops in Bangalore, has been a favourite of researchers, professors and treasure hunters. The surprise joy of finding a rare book in such shops has been beautifully expressed by Anjum Hasan, who has been quoted in the paper.

KR Deshpande, Bangalore

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