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130 years of service

Apropos Journey of a newspaper (Spectrum, May 13) — excerpts of Prof V.N. Datta’s book, “The Tribune: 130 years — A Witness to History” — I salute the strength and resilience of The Tribune, as its editors and staff members overcame all kinds of hardship after Partition, just as millions of common people. The paper’s survival for 130 years proves the adage, “A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to take the turn”.

Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad


It was amazing to read the journey of The Tribune, its founder and the determination with which the paper succeeded in shifting its records across the border created in 1947. It has served the nation through fearless reporting in difficult circumstances.

Sameer Pruthi, email


Prof Datta has vividly traced the newspaper’s tumultuous passage from Lahore to Chandigarh. I want to add more on one of the great Editors of The Tribune, R. Madhavan Nair, particularly his sense of humour even when tackling serious issues. His headlines for editorials would ever be remembered, such as the one on a hot debate between then Panjab University Vice-Chancellor A.C. Joshi and Senate member D.C. Sharma — “AC vs DC”.

D.V. Joshi, Zirakpur


I have been a regular reader of The Tribune for the past 40 years. Born in Lyallpur in 1930, I suffered the pain of shifting to Ambala during Partition, just as the paper. In 1948, I visited the paper’s office in Ambala to see how so many pages were printed overnight! As I pass through the evening of my life, I wish The Tribune a prosperous future.

A.N. Bhandula, Panipat


Description of The Tribune’s journey is not complete without mention of its founder Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia. He understood the role of information and education for the growth of society, and thus bequeathed upon it a college, library and a newspaper. I am proud of having been a student of Dyal Singh College and member of Dyal Singh Library before Partition, and an ardent reader of The Tribune since 1944.

Dr Soshil Rattan, Amritsar

A man

I am regular a subscriber of The Tribune since years because of “This Above All” by Khushwant Singh. I wish to quote a couplet by Jigar Jalandhari: “Sab Khuda ban gae zamane me, koi banda nazar nahin aata.” Khushwant Singh is certainly that “banda”. May he live long!

H.S. Walia, Mohali

Ad hoc governance

Apropos Dangerous liaison by Man Mohan (Perspective, May 13), there has been gross ad-hocism in governance at both Central and state level, across party and ideology lines. Why was Naxalism allowed to reach monstrous proportions? There was a ray of hope from the Salwa Judam movement, now that too has been given a quite burial. Military solution is the only solution left, to be followed by corruption-free developmental governance.

A.K. Sharma, Chandigarh


The tribesmen may not have heard of Mao, but they have experienced the high-handedness of state authority. The constitutional objectives enshrined in the Preamble are not seen by them on ground.

Jaswant Singh Gill, Ludhiana

Home truth

White girls, ‘black’ men by Kishwar Desai (Fifty Fifty, May 13) brought the focus back on the state of girls closer home. While the rape and abuse reported in the UK was shocking, recent incidents in Haryana and other parts of India have also been equally distressing. Vulnerable girls, some of them mentally challenged, have been abused mentally and physically in shelters meant for their protection.

Gurteg Singh Saini, Jalandhar City

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