TAMIL NADU

A vindication

Sir, — The Supreme Court's order to stay the arrest warrants issued against senior representatives of The Hindu by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker comes as a whiff of fresh air. It vindicates the feelings of the millions of readers of The Hindu. I welcome this judgment along with the whole country.

S. Udaya Sankar,

Chennai

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Sir, — I am reminded of the verse Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs).

Ravindran C.,

Vellore, T.N.

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Sir, — I am highly relieved over the Supreme Court's interim stay. And I hope the tussle between the legislature and the judiciary does not assume alarming proportions.

Rajesh Padmanabhan,

Colombo

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Sir, — The decision of the Supreme Court has not come as a relief just to the journalists concerned, but for the millions of readers and supporters who have stood by the newspaper over the last few days.

The direction of the Supreme Court to the registry to inform the Tamil Nadu Police forthwith shows the importance that the Court has attached to the issue.

N. Ramakrishnan,

Chennai

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Sir, — Today, the Supreme Court has proved that the judiciary is the custodian of those who stand for the right thing.

Abin Jose,

Thiruvananthapuram

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Sir, — The apex court staying the action of the Assembly is a welcome decision.

P.J. Sundhararajan,

New Delhi

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Sir, — It was Thomas Jefferson who said that he would prefer a Press without a Government to a Government without a Press. His words still hold good.

There are plenty of incidents to prove that no Government has succeeded in throttling the Press. It is next to impossible to dislodge an edifice like The Hindu.

G. Ramaswamy,

Chennai

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Sir, — To take criticism in the right spirit is beyond the present Tamil Nadu Government. The Hindu has been a paper that has reported matters in the right perspective and if a politician cannot understand what is written then he or she needs to look within.

Freedom of the Press and of speech is not to be messed with. The Hindu must continue with what it has been doing all these years. We are all with you.

Diana Antony,

Kochi

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Sir, — The events of the last three days exposes the style of functioning of the Tamil Nadu Government, which is eroding the values inherent in the Constitution.

Constructive criticism should be welcomed by all the pillars of democracy. We, the readers of The Hindu, are with you in the crusade.

Manas Brij Dwivedi,

New Delhi

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Sir, — Jorge Louis Borges said "Dictatorships breed oppression, dictatorships breed servility but most abominable is the fact that dictatorships breed stupidity."The nation stands united with The Hindu in this hour of battle.

Prasanth Radhakrishnan,

Palakkad

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