National Herald at 70: Rahul Gandhi says govt forcing everyone into silence

National Herald commemorative edition: Rahul Gandhi claimed that whoever attempts to tell the truth is threatened and silenced.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 7:47 pm
National Herald, National Herald launched, Rahul Gandhi National Herald, Hamid Ansari, Narendra modi, Indian express “This government is forcing everyone into silence, but National Herald has a spirit, a very strong spirit and it will not be silenced,” Rahul said. (Source: INC India/Twitter)

At the launch of the National Herald commemorative edition, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the Narendra Modi-led government of forcing everyone into silence. “This government is forcing everyone into silence, but National Herald has a spirit, a very strong spirit and it will not be silenced,” Rahul said.

Reaffirming the spirit of the Herald which has a history in National Independence, he claimed that whoever attempts to tell the truth is threatened and silenced, but the newspaper will speak the truth. “In India, power manufactures the truth and everyone knows what the truth is, but the people are scared to say it. Speak the truth. Do not be silenced and do not be scared. This is what we expect from the National Herald,” he said at the launch.

Rahul also claimed that many journalists told him that they are not able to freely report under the current dispensation. National Herald should speak the truth, “criticise the Congress whenever you feel so”, Rahul added.

Vice President Hamid Ansari released the commemorative volume of 70 years of the National Herald at an event in Bengaluru. Among the dignitaries at the event were Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

The National Herald was launched in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru, Rahul Gandhi’s great-grandfather and India’s first prime minister. In 2016, the newspaper made a comeback in a digital avatar after it was shut down in 2008 due to financial constraints.

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    emittrap
    Jun 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm
    After embezz the huge REAL ESTATES belonging to National Herald the ITA()LIAN MA()FIA had rented out its commercial complexes at marketing rates fetching 10 crore monthly coolly enjoying the benefits, before the vigilant Swamy called their bluff. If the judicial process is allowed to proceed uninterrupted, this corrupt coterie will sure end up in Tihar.
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      cbonf
      Jun 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm
      Indian HCs SC are filled with corrupt criminals as Judges. Many of these judges helped this FRAUD mother son duo evade the law engage in delay tactics. In any other counry, this FRAUD DUO would be coo their heels in jail. Shame on Indian judiciary.
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        Nagar Iyer
        Jun 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm
        He had already locked down the National Herald after misappropriating its 5000 crore worth properties. After Swamy saw through this 'embezzlement game' move the court the MA-BETA-FRAUD-DUO were almost sent to jail. Now to escape further from the clutches of law, he is playing this drama of 'reopening' National Herald
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          vk
          Jun 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm
          If Raga had pimple on his b ¥m indian express journalists and management had constipation for certain reason. Hahaha shameless corrupt liars
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            awarabadal
            Jun 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm
            Only the corrupt are making noise about being silenced. They are afraid that the Law of the land will reveal their ugly truths. These people have nevr been subjected to the law, for they have been above it. They have blackmailed if a different government was in power and yet used the CBI against the people they consider are not in line with them. they are a bunch of hypocrites. Phele chori, uppar se seena zori!
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              rajeev
              Jun 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm
              Mr. Rahul Country would love your silence as you speak neither truth nor fact
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                surendra
                Jun 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm
                How you say
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                Jaykumar Gupta
                Jun 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm
                BE brave !
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