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Letters to the Editor: Lost in translation

By interpreting the word “adhinayak” as “Angrez”, we are doubting the patriotism of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Updated: July 11, 2015 12:00:11 am

Letter of the Week:

By interpreting the word “adhinayak” as “Angrez”, we are doubting the patriotism of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The word does not refer to a foreign ruler, even if it was written in 1911. It should be understood to mean the “sovereignty of the people”. Today, when India is a sovereign and free country, it should not be construed as “colonial praise” but as applause and and admiration for our “motherland”.

– Mukesh Kumar, New Delhi

Lies of Salian

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Rohini Salian is economical with the truth and carries a personal bias against the innocents accused of the Malegaon blast of 2008. She is unable to digest the truth enunciated by Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla that, as of date, there is no material record to connect any accused other than Rakesh Dhawde with crimes under MCOCA. Salian lacks the grace and humility to accept the adverse judgment of the Supreme Court. The NIA must have realised the futility of continuing to engage her.

Salian had no qualms when she ate her words and gave a no-objection certificate to 2006 Malegaon blast accused. She has not filed the supplementary chargesheet of the accused arrested by the NIA in the last three years or the voice spectrum analysis report negating her statement on the transcript of the conversation retrieved from the laptop of the “shankaracharya”. She misled the court and is misleading your paper. Check Exhibit 928 in the trial court and W.P. 2699 of 2013 in the Bombay High Court. Advocate Ajay Misar, as special public prosecutor, has looked after the case for more than a year at the Nashik Sessions Court, in October-November 2008 and July 2009 to July 2010. Salian’s rant is for cheap publicity. Her references are sub-judice.

– Ramesh Upadhyay, Yerawada Central Prison, Pune

Show your Money

This refers to the editorial, ‘No private republic’ (IE, July 9). The arguments of political parties don’t deserve any buyers — they are simply fearful of the truth. Transparency and public accountability are the cornerstones of the RTI act. Against the backdrop of corruption and eroding public confidence, parties ought to come under the RTI act to ensure democratic ideals are kept intact.

– Mohit Kumar, New Delhi

Only Views

These days, one is afraid to watch primetime TV news, as one is bombarded with the anchor’s version of the truth. One anchor unnecessarily shouts at such decibel levels that it’s sure to land him in hospital soon. All anchors want gullible viewers to believe that only what they show matters, that other channels are useless. In the good old days, when there was only DD, one got to know the real news. Today, one only gets the anchor’s views.

– K. Ashok Kumar, Kolkata

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