TAMIL NADU

Surging support

Sir, — The lovers of democracy as well as freedom of the Press are elated over the spontaneous and surging response and support The Hindu has been getting in its bold and spirited fight against the arrest order.

Almost all political parties and their leaders including Central Ministers and Chief Ministers cutting across the party lines, which is something rare in Indian politics, and all sections of society, have condemned the unjust order of the Speaker.

C.A.C. Murugappan,

Sivaganga, T.N.

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Sir, — I cannot imagine the plight of the common man under such circumstances. Please be assured of public support for The Hindu.

Murugesan,

Chennai

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Sir, — The whole issue of the arrest drama is being hyped by you and the rest of the Press. I am no supporter of the AIADMK or any party for that matter.

But sometimes the Press is anxious to give sensational news. I guess both the Government and the Press are to be blamed for what happened.

Jose Scaria,

Chennai

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Sir, — November 7 will go down as a black day for democracy. For The Hindu which has stood for honest reporting over the decades this is only a mild shock, which it will overcome soon.

Franklyn Stanley,

Chennai

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Sir, — I was shocked and angry at what happened at The Hindu office on Nov. 7. It is an attack on freedom of the Press, a direct disregard of the Constitution.

This is a decisive moment for the Indian media. Stand up united

M. Sreekumar,

Calicut

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Sir, — I have been reading your esteemed newspaper since 1946 when I joined Madrasa-i-Aaliya (Nizam College) Hyderabad A.P. in VIII class.

Whenever I come to India, I make it a point to subscribe to your paper for the duration of my stay in India. I fully agree with Karan Thapar when he says in his letter (Nov. 9) that The Hindu is Hindu only in name but in reality is Indian in outlook. I would even add that it is a cosmopolitan newspaper.

I am therefore appalled and shocked on the conviction of its staff for breach of privilege of the Tamil Nadu legislature and that its senior editorial staff should have been treated so roughly by the police.

What is more shocking is the fact that this should happen in the greatest working democracy of the world, especially in south India which is, traditionally enlightened, educated, cultured and tolerant of dissent. We can only pray that you shall be able to ride out the crisis.

Justice (retd.) Salahuddin Mirza,

Karachi

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Sir, — The whole nation is behind you. The Hindu is undoubtedly one of the most respected newspapers in the country and its editorials are written carefully, though sometimes they are a little hard-hitting so that the point is driven home.

T.S. Balasubramaniam,

Rohini, Delhi

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Sir, — I do not agree with many of The Hindu's views and policies but I would unqualifiedly support all the moves the newspaper takes to re-establish free speech and freedom of the Press.

T.S. Krishnamoorthy,

Coimbatore, T.N.

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Sir, — Authoritarian attack on freedom of the media should be condemned by each and every citizen of India.

J. Rajni Ramki,

Mayiladuthurai, T.N.

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Sir, — The decision to punish your editorial representatives has been taken by one of the highest authorities called the Legislative Assembly after carefully considering all pros and cons. To counter it, the only recourse you have is to go to court and prove your innocence.

Kittu,

Pondicherry

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