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Indian politicians must realise that satire is not slander

india Updated: Sep 16, 2012 22:42 IST

Indian politicians must realise that satire is not slander
This refers to Samar Halarnkar’s article Gandhi would approve (Maha Bharat, September 13). The withdrawal of a controversial cartoon from the NCERT textbooks, the arrest of a professor for emailing cartoons lampooning West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and the recent arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on sedition charges show that our politicians fail to understand that satire is not slander. This kind of disregard for the constitutional and civil rights of citizens should not be tolerated. It is high time that the government repeals the draconian Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code that impedes the freedom of speech.
U Narasimhan, via email

Most unfair on the common man
This refers to the report Diesel up Rs 5, use of cheap LPG limited (September 14). The hike in the prices of diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and limiting the availability of cooking gas cylinders to six per year is a cruel joke on the common man. Already reeling under high inflationary prices, this unwarranted and insensitive move will affect middle class adversely. Only an immediate rollback can help to allay the effects of incessant price hikes that we have witnessed throughout the year.
Ramachandran S, via email

It’s time for the UPA to come clean
This refers to the report Govt skirted rules for Tatas, Jindal (September 12). It is shocking that the names of senior ministers are doing the rounds for their alleged involvement in the coal block allocation scam. If the Congress wants to save its face, it must cancel all coal block allocations immediately, order a special investigation team probe and ensure that those found guilty are not spared. The UPA must remove the blot of this scam if it wants to come to power again in 2014.
Kashi Nath, via e-mail