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Posted at: Sep 17, 2017, 12:10 AM; last updated: Sep 17, 2017, 12:10 AM (IST)

Fearless journalist

No doubt, Prabhash Joshi was a fearless journalist (Kaffeeklatsch). He took the Hindi daily Jansatta to towering heights. I agree with the writer’s view that he can easily be compared with the likes of Nikhil Chakravarty, BG Verghese and Girilal Jain. It is a graceful gesture on the writer’s part to have shared his reminiscences about these late eminent journalists. I share the writer’s perception that had Prabhash Joshi been alive in these times, he would have led patriotic and democratic forces in a resolute struggle against divisive forces. He will dwell in our hearts for a long time. 

Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad

Ministers’ unscientific mind

Kaffeeklatsch has highlighted the backward mindset of many ministers. The Constitution directs that our citizens must develop and foster scientific temper. Public display of religious rituals in office by ministers seems to be only an advertisement and reflects unscientific mind. Ministers should undertake their responsibility in a manner that enhances public service efficiency and respects secular policy. Purohits, maulvis, priests may pray from the place of worship for well-being of the people, but only leaders and bureaucrats can contribute to good health and prosperity of the Republic. 

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Victim of hatred

We may never know who killed Gauri Lankesh, but she is a victim of hatred and intolerance (Mockingbird: ‘Regional identity battles and a murder’). Her passing suggests that freedom of free speech is under assault and murderers have no fear of law. The murder has again sent out a message: if you are not with us, you are definitely against us. Today, we are being forced to know what being a patriot or nationalist means and how to love our country. The only way we can assert our right to free speech is not to be silenced by fear and mob violence.

Lal Singh, by email

The nowhere people

The fascinating natural phenomenon of the migratory birds leaves one with awe and wonder (‘A home away from home, a refuge’). These birds are lucky as they can safely return their homes. But, today, human refugees are helpless as they have nowhere to return. Seventy years ago, we experienced immense sufferings of becoming ‘refugees’ in our own country. We cannot, therefore, shirk our moral and political responsibility to provide at least temporary shelter to the homeless seeking refuge in our country.

MM Mathur, Delhi

Roads are deathtraps

Not just the national highways, many city roads are turning into death traps (‘Trust your instincts at NH-1’s Panipat-Jalandhar stretch’). According to a report of the Union Road Transport and Highway Ministry, more than 100 lives were lost in road accidents in Amritsar last year. Though the police have marked 25 accident-prone areas, road discipline is still missing. The city police have failed to tighten noose around traffic violators. 

LJ Singh, Amritsar

Kudos to Kriti

I congratulate Kriti Bharti for taking the challenging job of curbing rampant child marriages and rescuing many innocent children (‘Wed-locked in Rajasthan’). It’s praiseworthy that her trust has so far annulled 32 child marriages and prevented over 900. 

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Roopnagar

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