TAMIL NADU

Intolerable

Sir, — The British imposed restrictions on the freedom of the Press in the pre-Independence era, but in democratic India such an act is intolerable.

Shubhdarshani Mitra,

New Delhi

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Sir, — I, as a journalist and democratic Indian, want to extend my support in a small way to this national movement that will intensify in the coming days.

Mukesh Kaushik,

New Delhi

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Sir, — I am really shocked to note that the Tamil Nadu Assembly has attacked a paper with such a long, reputed tradition. Under no circumstances should you be cowed down by such blatant violation of freedom of the Press.

Vijayan K.V.,

Kannur, A.P.

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Sir, — I write to express my solidarity with you in this hour of crisis. It was indeed the darkest day in post-Emergency India. I disagree with many of your views but on this occasion, let me assure you that, like millions of your readers, I join in unreserved condemnation of this assault on free speech.

Santhosh Rajagopal,

Male

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Sir, — We are with The Hindu in its fight for the freedom of the Press. People will give lessons to those who want to convert democracy into dictatorship.

Arupathy Kalyanam,

Nagai, Tiruvarur

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Sir, — It would be better if the Supreme Court defined the rights and privileges of the elected Assemblies and officials.

The present national and international outrage and the all-party consensus may also be utilised to amend the Constitution appropriately.

Thiruvengadam Ramakrishnan,

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Sir, — The manner in which this issue of arrest of The Hindu staff is handled in the next few days will have a major influence on the future behaviour of Governments in Tamil Nadu and other States and possibly even in the Centre.

Indeed, one wishes Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Rajaji were now here to further fine tune the provisions of the Constitution.

N. Rajaraman,

New Delhi

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Sir, — Healthy criticism is a prerequisite for democracy to be sustained.

Ravikumar K.S.,

Chittoor, A.P.

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