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There are limits to freedom of the press

india Updated: Apr 29, 2007 05:02 IST

Vir Sanghvi in Sex, Religion and the Moral Police (April 22) retraced the attacks made by political parties against the freedom of the press. We can’t let politicians and bureaucrats decide what we can watch. This is not an issue of individual freedom alone because it encompasses society.

Litika Mehta, Delhi


In their zeal to protect the freedom of the media, Vir Sanghvi and Karan Thapar have ridiculed those who have some regard for decency in public life. Citing Khajuraho and Konark as examples of Indian erotica don’t wash. They are stone images and don’t have the same impact as live ones on television screens. Perhaps Vir Sanghvi has not seen the Gere-Shilpa footage. If he had, he might have revised his views.

VT Joshi, Bhopal


I agree with Karan Thapar’s Richard, Shilpa & young Mr Gandhi (April 22) that this episode has once again shown that we are not modern or tolerant. It is hardly a matter worth reacting to. It was a performance for a cause and no further meaning needs be read into it.

RK Garg, via e-mail

Child interrupted

Apropos of the article Boys don’t cry (April 22), many experts have pointed out that children should be taught the right and wrong touch. Statistics have shown that incidents of sexual abuse are perpetrated by people known to the child. The important preventive step would be to impart sexual education at the primary school level itself. Unfortunately, our politicians have vehemently opposed this.

Vasudha P Rao, via e-mail