There is no doubt that the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on the charge of sedition is wrong (“Sedition? Seriously?” Sept. 11). But as a responsible Indian, I do not agree with his portrayal of Ajmal Kasab as a dog urinating on the Constitution of India, Parliament as a giant toilet bowl, distortion of the national symbol and “gang rape of Mother India.” Yes, our politicians are corrupt, insensitive and unconcerned about the country. But we cannot stoop to such levels to make a point.
I feel let down by Mr. Trivedi’s lack of respect for our symbols of national honour. Charging the cartoonist under sedition law is debatable but defending his work as freedom of expression is unacceptable. Political parties, organisations and individuals supporting such acts are insensitive to their impact.
Ch. Shiva Kumar,
The sedition charge is uncalled for as Mr. Trivedi’s cartoons have, in no way, instigated people to act against the country. But he has crossed the limits by portraying Parliament as a toilet bowl and a dog urinating on the Constitution.
Fight against corruption is not a licence to hurt people’s patriotic sentiments. We attach a lot of sentimental value to our national flag, and the Constitution. It is the duty of every Indian to respect these sentiments. But it is also true that sitting in homes in all material comforts and writing about values and dignity is much easier than engaging directly in the struggle to make India corruption free.
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