We welcome Himachal edition

Heartiest congratulations on your new venture in Himachal Pradesh — warm regards to The Tribune.



I am happy to learn about the new Himachal Pradesh edition of The Tribune. It is rare to find state legislators from the ruling party and the Opposition and distinguished citizens of Shimla city and the areas around together to grace the function held to mark the occasion.

The presence of senior officers of the state government was equally appreciated. Overall, the participation of people from all walks of life in the function is a significant landmark in the history of newspaper journalism.

Like many others, I was delighted to share the momentous occasion. My organisation, the Punjab National Bank, and The Tribune share a common bond. The founder of The Tribune, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, was the first Chairman of our bank in 1895.



The Himachal edition, I am sure, will go a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of its readers in the region, empowering the citizens their legitimate right to credible information in the process of democratic governance.

K.I. SINGH, Zonal Manager, Punjab National Bank, HP Zone, Shimla


It is nice that The Tribune has launched the Himachal Pradesh edition. It will really serve the readers’ interests and, at the same time, cement the pahari folks’ bond with The Tribune. The Himachal edition will provide a platform to the people to raise their voice against their day-to-day problems. Besides, it will serve as a bridge between the masses and the authorities.

The Tribune deserves kudos for its honest and sincere efforts to launch the edition in public interest.

Dr VINOD K. CHOPRA, Hamirpur


Though Himachal Pradesh is covered well in The Tribune, the new Himachal edition will help the newspaper to cover the state better. This will enhance the immense tourist potential of the state and also make people aware of the developments in education, employment, housing, politics and so on.

It will also give a boost to trade and culture. As usual, The Tribune is a step ahead in its professional and social commitments. Having recognised the rich contributions of The Tribune, the Department of Posts, Government of India, recently released a postal commemorative stamp on the completion of its 125 years.



I am immensely delighted to learn that The Tribune has launched a daily edition of the paper for Himachal Pradesh. No doubt, the edition would meet a long-felt need of the people of the state, serving their interests much better than ever before. Our sincere thanks to Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, for his thoughtful brainwave.

TARA CHAND, General Secretary, HP Lok Seva Mandal, Ambota (Una)


It gives us immense pleasure to learn that The Tribune has launched its Himachal edition. Neat and true journalism is the hallmark of your newspaper.

Over the years, The Tribune has maintained the highest professional standards. I must sincerely compliment you for your quality journalism in this era of intense competition.

Keep up the good work so that readers like us will continue to take pride in being the readers of The Tribune.

Dr RISHI PAL GUPTA, Kurukshetra


The Himachal Pradesh edition is another feather in the cap of The Tribune family. I am sure, it will meet the long standing demand of the readers in Himachal Pradesh.

I have been a regular reader of The Tribune for the last 11 years. I like the pithy and heart touching editorials. I hope, as in the past, The Tribune will continue to serve society and maintain the highest ethical standard in journalism.

I am sure, it will achieve greater heights under your stewardship. I wish you and the family of The Tribune all the best.

CHANDERLOK NAINTA Vaishali, Ghaziabad (UP)

Pitfalls of democracy

While having dinner at a native friend’s house the other day in Houston, I requested the host to track the developments in India on the website of The Tribune. The very first slot was the unruly scene in the Lok Sabha, portraying the worst display of parochialism. Such incidents occurred in the past too. But what happened on Tuesday pales into insignificance.

There was jostling, pushing, pulling and shoving for nearly 15 minutes and MPs of the Left parties came close to assaulting Union Shipping Minister T.R. Balu. Marshals had to be called to protect the Minister!

My host’s candid query with furtive looks was “are both Chennai and Kolkata not within India?” I felt sheepish and small at the odd bite but retorted, “these are as Houston and New York are”. But I do retain the itch at heart and so share with you aloud: The development of a state is the development of the region which, in turn, is the development of the nation.

It is time we condemned provincialism and parochialism and kept the democratic values high on the agenda. We cannot have a decent democracy if the members of Parliament don’t behave decently in Parliament.


Kalam’s gesture

I very much appreciate President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam calling on the ailing Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw in the hospital. It was indeed a rare gesture.

As an ex-serviceman, I may add that those of us, officers and jawans, were equally instrumental in Manekshaw’s achievements. The Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces should, therefore, try to resolve our problems on priority.

Capt O. MATHAI (retd), Thiruvananthapuram



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