TAMIL NADU

Appreciable maturity

Sir, — I strongly condemn the November 7 action against The Hindu. Also I appreciate your maturity in not demanding dismissal of the State Government.

Mohana Rangan,

Chennai

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Sir, — What happened on Nov. 7 is unthinkable in 21st Century India. We are with you in your fight to protect freedom of expression.

Srinivas Reddy Pathuri,

Tennessee, U.S.

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Sir, — We know that you are not fighting for your freedom, you are fighting for people's freedom. We are all behind you.

Varun Kumar R.,

Palani, T.N.

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Sir, — The direct attack on freedom of the Press, particularly a newspaper which is more than an institution and older than any surviving statesman by age, is highly condemnable. The Hindu deserves praise for the mature and professional way of handling this crisis.

S. Ganesan,

Chennai

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Sir, — The developments show utter disregard for the people and the well-established tenets of freedom of speech, which have never been so brutally trampled upon. We as your readers are with you and expect you to lead us.

P.C. Vaidyanathan,

Chennai

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Sir, — The interception of the car in Bangalore, in which The Hindu top brass was travelling, was a shame on the part of the Tamil Nadu police and it shows the scant respect they have for the Press.

S. Rajaraman,

Chennai

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Sir, — Those in power must understand that they are not supreme. Parliament and State Assemblies are subordinate to the people.

If the Government finds any criticism against it unfounded, it is at liberty to explain its stand to the people, not resort to extreme steps.

G. Prabhakar,

Chennai

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Sir, — It is worthwhile to recall the words of Nehru, one of the greatest democrat of all time, that "Democracy means tolerance — tolerance not towards those who agree with us, but towards those who disagree with us".

Shahul Hamid Salim,

Ernakulam, Kerala

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Sir, — I am appalled like your other readers at the gross injustice done to your newspaper on Nov. 7. To curtail free speech is a violation of democratic principles. I am also surprised at how thin-skinned politicians are.

I see a great imbalance in reactions to media reports by our politicians vis-a-vis their American counterparts. I fervently hope politicians will be more rational.

Bala Venkata,

California

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Sir, — You have led with the blasts in Riyadh today (Nov. 10) despite the crisis faced by your paper. This shows your impartial judgment in reporting and your heritage of truthful journalism. You have shown that you will stick to your principles and values no matter what the situation is and it is this attitude that keeps lakhs of readers like me across the nation addicted to The Hindu.

M.S. Arvind Raj,

Chennai

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Sir, — People cannot forget how The Hindu's investigative journalism brought down the Rajiv Gandhi Government. But Rajiv Gandhi, even in the thick of the Bofors affair, did not take such vindictive action. Go ahead with all out support from us and set an example so that no politician plays with the Fourth Estate's freedom in future.

T.V. Ramaswamy,

Chennai

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