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Letter to the Editor: Check the mob

Free expression, that key ingredient of democracy, is today embattled in India. Lynching by cow vigilantes has become common.

Published: September 8, 2017 12:15 am
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This is with reference to the articles, ‘Truth without fear or favour,’ ‘Asking the wrong question’ and ‘Death of a journalist,’ (IE, September 7). Free expression, that key ingredient of democracy, is today embattled in India. Lynching by cow vigilantes has become common. Objective journalism is the cornerstone of democracy and people should force the government to take steps to safeguard it.

Ajay Corriea, Vasai

One against terror

This refers to the editorial ‘Moving past Doklam’ (IE, September 6). It is heartening that the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have resolved to put petty feuds behind and focus on bigger issues. Cooperation between China and India in matters of economy would make both nations’ peoples progress towards prosperity. Terrorism is a common adversary of all BRICS countries and must be fought collectively. Episodes like the one at Doklam strain relations between the two countries and must be avoided.

Subhash Vaid, Noida

Just reward

This refers to the editorial, ‘Madam Raksha Mantri’ (IE, September 4). The promotion of Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in the cabinet reshuffle proves that performance pays. The four former bureaucrats who have been achievers in their carriers are expected to be so in their new avatar as well. This may not be the last expansion of the Cabinet before the 2019 election. The JD(U) and the prospective new entrant in the NDA, AIADMK, will have to be accommodated before that for which berths are still available

M.C. Joshi, Lucknow

Unwelcome Guests

This refers to the editorial, ‘Welcome the refugee’ (IE, September 7). India accepted the Rohingya refugees with an understanding that the community is “most persecuted” (as declared by UN). But our investigation agencies found that people from this community have links with extremist groups in Myanmar. Moreover, we are facing the problem of jobless growth.

Juhi Soni, Delhi

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    Dr Adv Ujwala D Andrews
    Sep 30, 2017 at 10:38 am
    Sad to hear the death of Tom Alter, he was a good person a good actor and settled well in India, and followed the cultures, traditions and Indian life style. People did adore him, and he had a unique way to converse in Hindi. Feeling sad. RIP , he worked hard, and deserves a praise of talented actor.
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      Dr Adv Ujwala D Andrews
      Sep 30, 2017 at 10:34 am
      The tragedy at Mumbai Railway Bridge is not to be forgotten for the years to come. Mumbaikars have to fear for 1) Rains and roads 2) Railways Besides other dangerous are not to be asked. Strange is our Govt, we increase crowd, and dont care for the facilities, safety measures, and their future. ! Instead of wasting money on building statues, bullet train , metros and others, develop safety and security for the welfare of the people. All the young people in 20 30 age group have perished the bread winners leaving their babies orphans. !
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        pankaj
        Sep 8, 2017 at 12:50 am
        Dear Ghodis, the primary requisite of any expression is that it is truthful as per the truth known to your mind. No democracy or any other cracy can require lies/deception to be its main ingredient whether in the form of expression, idea or action. While violence and murders are crimes and must be punished severely, anybody lying must be confronted with more freedom than any cracy can ever provide.
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          pankaj
          Sep 8, 2017 at 12:52 am
          A religion like Hinduism with black Gods, with all Upanishads Gita Ramayan teaching highest level of equality and humbleness not seen in any other literature or philosophy.. Was disparaged and maligned by Islamists and missionaries for their hunger for conversion and people.... They divided Hindus into upper castes and dalits to feed on dalits.. The society that has been considered one of the best by Greek, Chinese, Arab travelers before Muslim rule in India, that created such an amazing culture of universalism and equality was massacred, converted and raped to eventually create 2 Muslim nations... And 200 million in India... You could have manipulated more if it was not an information age.... But now you are left with no option................. If you disparage such religion as hinduism and yet claim to ask for religious tolerance, you deserved to be termed deceptive liar, manipulator and whatever else....
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            pankaj
            Sep 8, 2017 at 12:54 am
            a religion that preaches Gita, that preaches Isa Vasyam Idam Sarvam... that preaches Tat Tvam Asi, that preaches Asto Ma Sadgamya, that preaches Sarve Bhavtu Sukhina... is termed by these negative mentality people as not good? Even if aliens come to Earth, they will be surprised how Hinduism could be created so early in history of mankind... no alien will ever wonder how any other religion got created... .............. stop being deceptive, use lie detector and see how you in 21st century used ills of your society to disparage a religion that is better than any other in anything that can be termed as humane. On lie detector you will get to know how much you have to lie to protect your own negative psychology and false ego....
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