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Posted at: Jun 18, 2017, 2:08 AM; last updated: Jun 18, 2017, 2:08 AM (IST)

Fight for media freedom

I appreciate The Tribune for its fearless views (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘Media would not be intimidated…’). Let’s stand with media houses which are, barring exceptions, obvious and disinterested watchdogs of society. The media not only provides but helps cultivate the spectrum of truth, justice and equality. The reference to Martin Niemoller’s poem is most pertinent and calls for a collective role to resist the condescending methods of any ruling party. 

Satyawan Malik, Jind


Thanks for sharing Martin Nieomoller’s poem in Kaffeeklatsch. Fali Nariman also highlighted the need for freedom after speech. At a city-based gathering, attempts to raise voice over assault on NDTV were stonewalled by some sane voices with the argument that we should not dabble into national-specific issues against one channel or the other. But during the present technology driven times, we cannot pull shutters on our thinking at the municipal limits.

Lalit Mohan Sharma, Dharmshala


Fali Nariman has disseminated a very strong message through Martin Nieomollar’s poem. If our contemporary is unsafe, we too are not safe. “Divide and rule” and “Rule and divide” have same motive. The “reign” cannot rein in journalism to the extent of appeasement for them and exploitation of others only. Well done media!

SK Mittal, Khanna


Kaffeeklatsch brings to the fore the united response of free media to the NDA government. The free media, which is sine qua non for a growing democracy, may not go well with the government in a bipartisan polity or otherwise. Media is wiser by its experience of Emergency and has given a better response to government’s action against NDTV. The episode enjoins upon the citizens to be secular in raising their voice against the real or perceived wrong committed against individuals, groups or institutions.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

Focus on constructive growth

Touchstones (‘Be sensitive to fragile ecology’) rightly highlighted alterations in the fragile ecology and its adverse consequences. The writer’s concern for the change in landscapes of her native place is warranted, considering unabated dam building and constructions taking place in the name of development. These constructions have been damaging infrastructure as well as taking toll on human lives as we witnessed in the 2013 Uttarakhand flash floods. Let’s take all precautionary steps and observe balance while undertaking any development activity vis-à-vis the ecology, especially of tourist places. 

Ravi Sharma, Jammu

Towards self-governance

It is a pity that the Panchayati Raj in Punjab has not been empowered (Indepth: ‘Wish these women success’). Self-minded politicians want to pocket grants issued for the panchayats by the Centre and the states. The panchayats in Punjab should be given powers on the pattern of Karnataka and Kerala where these institutions enjoy independent functioning at the grassroots level.  

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Kudos to Britons

The recent UK poll result has shown that Britain was unwilling — just like France a month ago — to give up on its reputation for optimism and fairness for a pessimistic and xenophobic nation (Kaffeeklatsch). For this, Britons deserve applause. Americans could have done so, had they been more discerning in electing Donald Trump as President. In politics, victory with a mammoth mandate often triggers totalitarianism, so a hung House may not be all that bad news from and for Britain.

PS Kaur, via email

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