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14th June, 2005
Another small note (June 20, issue) of your Chennai correspondent Mr. S. Anand smacks with the low level of information wrapped in pure lies, unsuspectingly camouflaged to the common readers of “The Outlook”. It is very surprising that a magazine of national stature would continuously publish slander and cheap literature by a person who himself perhaps had never visited Kanchi till recently. The bright part of the entire episode is that all persons (repeatedly called accused) have been released on bail. The entire Tamilnadu Government including the Chief Minister and police officials have been screaming through all paid weeklies and yellow magazines that they had clinching evidence against The Kanchi Sankaracharyas and other officials of the mutt. Yet the Hon. Supreme Court and Chennai High Court have refuted all the submissions made till date. A careful reading of the court orders shows that how desperate the police have been to lay the blame of murder of Sankaraman on the Kanchi Sankaracharyas. The huge gap in the media submissions and actual documentation in the court can be understood while reading the various orders of the court. Again these are actual orders and not relying on according to some sources ( which your correspondent regularly relies) which have believed the same and narrated.
I quite feel that senior people in ‘The Outlook’ are unwittingly party to the calculated and slander campaign run by Mr. S. Anand. I do not wish to comment on the various articles from Nov,04 to Jan, 05 as it was at par with all media and news channels and such TRP’s are always welcome in your industry. But even after the hard hitting Supreme Court order of Jan 10, 05 granting bail to Jayendra Saraswati , your magazine should have shown restraint in further articles.
In your June 20 issue:
1. Your title “Where the Saints go Skulking In” . The meaning of ‘Skulk” is to lurk, conceal oneself, avoid observation , especially with sinister motive or in cowardice. I do not know how even such a statement can be attributed . Maybe the Editor – In – Chief will know.
2. “ In fact , Jayendra and Vijayendra ( accused 1 and 2 ) have not been seeing eye-to-eye.” This is whole untruth. It is to be noted that Vijayendra Saraswati has been chosen to be successor to Jayendra Saraswati and that they are not blood relations even distantly. This shows the democratic and transparency of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
3. “ When the two Saraswatis arrived in Kanchipuram, there was hardly anyone to welcome them – “ The Sankaracharyas have never been muster truckloads of people to come and attend any jamboree as politicians do. This has never been the case till date , so there is no need to start of today. Yet at 5.45 in the early morning hours there were around 150 devotees such that the cavalcade to the mutt was about 30 cars and 70 motorcycles. This is definitely not a handful as written by you.
4. “ There is a strong speculation that Jayendra was keen on appointing a new Sankaracharya with a clean image – Gnanaprasendra Saraswati”. Your correspondent has been careful to use the word “ speculation” to absolve himself of any liability towards the statement , but it would be better to a journal which publishes authentic facts than which resorts to yellow journalism to increase sales.
I hope you will analyze facts before publishing. Anyway both the Sankaracharyas of Kanchi have been above this and devotees (true) know and do not require any character certificate from Mr. S. Anand for this.
Ramesh Ramu ,
On Saturday, July 16th, Kanchi Matham devotees in Atlanta observed and celebrated the 71st Jayanthi of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal at the residence of Jayashree and Narayanan. About 50 families participated in the event that started promptly at 4:30 with Ganapathi Suktham, Guru Namaskarams, Guru Suktham, Rudra Abishekam, and ended past 8:30 with bhajan, mangalaarthi and distribution of prasadams from the Sri Matham.
On Sunday, my mother and my 10-year old daughter had darshan of our Periyavaal at Krishna Gana Sabha in TNagar, where the Acharya inaugurated the devotees' forum. My mother was gushing with pride and affection about Smt. Uma Krishnamurthy tremendous energy and poise - in the middle of organizing a function which several dignitaries and over 1000 people attended, Umaji found the time to take care of my mother and daughter. My heartfelt thanks to her. My mother recounted the melodious rendering of Bhagawad Gita and the bhajans, that the speeches were pointed and uplifting, that the volunteers were cheerful and helpful, and that our Acharya was smiling, joyous and completely at ease as he blessed the devotees.
Coming on the heals of our government and administration's atrocious behaviour towards our Acharya and Sri Matham, these two events over the weekend were soothing to the soul. On the eve of Periyavaal's 71st Jayanthi, I offer my namaskarams to him, and my heartfelt thanks to the organizers of these two events.
Valmiki P. Raghunathan, Atlanta, GA, USA
Since 11-11, millions of Hindu devotees living in India and all over the world have been in a state of shock and watched with tears as the Jagadgurus of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham were subject to untold misery, harrasment and slander by the combined machinery of the State and the media. Nowhere ever in India's glorious spiritual history has any saint(s) in the Hindu religion been charged with committing murder.
Over thousands of years, Hindu saints have been advisors to the rulers of the state only because the latter wished to have Their counsel for the betterment and welfare of the people. It is a well known fact that former Prime Ministers and Presidents of India have visited the Paramacharya, Guru of His Holiness Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal to seek His blessings. During the outbreak of the war with China in the early sixties, the venerated Paramacharya requested the people of India to come forward with donations of gold to support the war. He ordered all temples in India to offer special prayers to Devi to provide strength to the country.
It is wrong for people to assume that saints have a political agenda. It is wrong for people to assume that saints go after money for Their own benefit. It is wrong for people to assume that saints are mingling with the powers to be for Their own gains. Swami Dayanand Saraswati expounded in a thundering speech in the US a few years ago by stating, "I do not have any clothes outside of my robes. I do not have a bank account. I do not own a home and do not have an address. I own nothing as I have renounced everyhting. Yet, in India, I am treated with dignity and people invite me to their homes. In the US, I will be treated as a homeless beggar. Such is the difference in the two cultures." Politicians come and go, people come and go, cases will come and go, but as our Gurus are being insulted and tarnished, Mother India is silently weeping and lowers its head in shame.
Dr. Jayendra Ramesan,
New Jersey, USA
I am shocked to hear that the Matham's gifts were returned by a fellow temple at the behest of the government ! This is a terrible interference in the inner workings of the temples and is calculated to insult the Matham!
Like Duryodhan, who insulted the Pandavas, cheated them and sent them to the jungle, the government of Tamil Nadu is doing all it can emotionally, socially and financially to hurt the Matham and His Holiness in particular. I am sure, like Yudhisthira, His Holiness is taking this calmly and weathering the storm with great deal of patience.
I would urge the legal team of the Acharyas to move the courts to resolve the murder/assault cases ASAP. To prolong these is to prolong the agony for the Matham, the Acharyas, and Hindus in general.
A new normal !!
I rejoiced when hundreds of devotees accorded a joyous welcome 'home' to our Dharmagurus at the Sarva Theertham and later at the Matham. With the return of our Acharyas to the Kanchi Matham, and with the release of Shri Sundaresa Iyer and Shri Raghu, our respected matham has returned to a new normal !! So much is the same as before, but so much is different.
In less than 2 days of our Acharyas' return to Kanchipuram, the state machinery has turned up the action against the Matham a notch higher - the filing of the chargesheet in the so-called Radhakrishnan Assault case, a 2-hour interrogation of the Acharya by the Superintendent of Police inside the Matham premises, and the curious break-in at the courthouse where the documents related to Sankararaman murder case was lodged!!
We have a long haul ahead of us in this 'campaign for dharma'. I urge fellow devotees to continue their steadfast support and pray for justice and fair-play.
Hara Hara Shankara !! Jaya Jaya Shankara !!
Valmiki P. Raghunathan, Atlanta, USA.
Gurubhyo Namaha. Dharmam Jayikka Purappattade indru mudal.
Despite observations by the court that this seems to be a fostered case and not finding any credible evidence why doesn't the judge dismiss the case? What is the need to adjorn the case and give the prosecution some more time to find fresh evidence? Why don't the bureaucracy, judiciary, legislature and media the four pillars of democracy listen to the voice of dharma?
A letter to the editor from Newstoday [ http://newstodaynet.com/29apr/vo1.htm ]
It is surprising to know that the Tamilnadu government has now further arrested Sundaresa Iyer and Raghu under the Narcotics Act. They are already imprisoned under the Goondas Act. The detention under Narcotics Act would ensure that they cannot come under
bail for a long time. The judiciary itself has criticised the Tamilnadu government for the way it has been handling the case of Kanchi Acharyas.
Many people think that the government has not come out with any convincing evidence so far in arresting the Kanchi acharyas.
It is expected that in a welfare and democratic society, the government and the police would act with high sense of care and responsibility while framing charges against citizens. It is necessary for the government and the police to ensure that they would not be suspected of vindictive acts by the common man.
Certainly, the government and the police have the powers but they are expected to be used judiciously and responsibly. The govenrment should take special care to protect its credibility and fair image, which is very necessary for stability in a democratic society and for maintenance of law and order in a smooth manner. The common man would tend to lose respect for rule of law, if those in charge of the government give an impression of being unfair in dealing with the citizens.
Mahatma Gandhi said that a man of truth should also be a man of care. This is applicable to government as well.
The Tamilnadu government needs to exercise greater care in using its 'police powers'.
I was shocked to read the news that Shri Sundaresa Iyer and a few others who are already in custody in connection with the Kanchi Mutt cases have been additionally charged under the Drugs Act. Obviously the TN Government and the Police have failed in their attempts at forcing them to give evidence against the Acharyas and are now invoking the Drugs Act against them. Is there no limit to such atrocities being committed by “law makers”? While these false charges will not stand before the court of law, the legal process is painfully low and much damage will be done to these unfortunate persons both physically and mentally before justice is obtained….or will they get an early justice in the people's court? I can only pray that Sri Chandramouleeswara and Paramacharya put an end to this menace at the earliest.
New Jersey, USA
Reproduced below is a letter written to NDTV by a devotee protesting NDTV's coverage of the Acharya's petition to transfer the case out of Tamil Nadu:
Prannoy, Rajiv and others.
Your coverage of the Kanchi Seers case continues to be biased and slanderous. Why do you have to be this slanted?
Your latest headline and an excerpt reads as follows:
Kanchi seer targets Jayalalithaa in SC
For now, Jayendra Saraswati is hoping that the allegations against Jayalalithaa will not just strengthen his case legally, but will also give fodder to his political supporters the BJP to defend him politically.
This takes the cake! Answer these questions for yourselves and the world that reads the trash you allow your reporters to write..
- Is it wrong to file a petition to the Supreme Court asking that the case be transferred due to obvious vested interests of the State CM?
- Is it fair to make uncharitable comments and slanderous insinuations of the kind you have allowed?
- And the headline itself! Seer TARGETS! What a load of crap!
It behoves of you and your team to be more reasonable and responsible. Read the following thought ticklers and I hope you see some sense in being more balanced!
Ø The State of Tamil Nadu has constantly and consistently lied & harassed the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, the Acharyas and its followers, and continued its witch-hunt foisting new cases
ØThe Supreme Court and Madras High Court have since ruled that most State assertions and actions are false and / or illegal
ØMedia coverage has by far been biased – providing an unquestioning platform for the State’s canards, lies and insinuations
Ø Madras HC Judge (March 05): Frustrated at State Govt’s apparent interference “All the cases relating to the Mutt are coming before me and I may be blamed later for not passing any orders in favour of the government.”
Ø Supreme Court: Granting bail to HH Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal (Jan 2005): “..There is absolutely no evidence or material collected so far.. ”
Ø Madras High Court: Granting bail to HH Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal (Feb 2005): “it may not be possible, to say even prima facie, this petitioner was a party to the conspiracy..”
Ø High Court: Freezing of the Peetham’s accounts (Feb 2005): Was ruled ultra vires, illegal and liable to be set aside
Madras High Court: Tirukkotiyur Madhavan case (Jan 2005): “I am of the undoubted view, that this case must be a foisted one or in other words, no prima facie case has been made out
Can the NDTV please help get the real truth out rather than pander to the lies of the State? It is not fair to assume and judge the Seers guilty of the crimes they are accused of even as the Courts are judging the case ... please be more responsible. It IS your duty to report news in an unbiased manner - free of personal or other biases.
Would always appreciate a constructive dialogue with you and your team.
(A person of Indian origin with deep interests in the healthy growth and advancement of India)
I am extremely happy and feel very blessed to receive prasadam from HH Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal for submitting the Shivarathri Namavali. I stay in Singapore. I posted the namavali on 8th March & requested that the prasadam be sent to Pune, to my parents' address. My father, Mr. Vedanarayanan, conveyed that the prasadam was received a couple of days back. I cannot put my feelings to words. May I convey my humble gratitude, namaskarams & vandanam to HH Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal & HH Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal. My sincere appreciation to all the officials of the Matham who, inspite of the stressful period they are going through, have taken the time to promptly send the prasadam to devotees all over. I am deeply touched.
I am confident that with so many devotees submitting the namavali, the collective prayers will take us all through this difficult period.
Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara hara Shankara!
I read on Kanchi Satya the article titled: "So far, neither the Chief Minister nor the Tamil Nadu Government has given so much importance to any matter. From journalists to senior lawyers, they are investigating [everyone]".
Additional points to be mentioned in the arguments:
1.. The police took video recordings on a number of occassions even though they knew such evidences are not admissible. Are these recordings part of a hi-tech drive by TN police appying to all murder cases, or just a way of sensationalizing the case they are pursuing over-zealously?
2.. The leaking of selective scenes from the video recorded by the police in police custody.
Our judicial process has to ensure that people are treated with respect and dignity. To do otherwise would erode the respect and dignity with which people treat the judicial process.
The delay in serving the chargesheet is inexplicable. The chargesheet was filed by the SIT on January 21. Our Acharyas along with the accused in the case have been asked to present themselves in the court 4 times since then, and 4 times, have been asked to come again another day. Surely, on each of these 4 days, the judge would have known that the copies are not ready for serving several hours ahead of the hearing, and could have adjourned without having this drama occur (if our british-raj judicial process would allow such courtesies).
I have no quarrel with the fact we have to uphold the 'majesty of law'. But those who are trusted with dispensing justice must also act in a way that the respect and dignity of the individual are upheld.
Valmiki P. Raghunathan, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Things are moving in a good direction and as Bharathiar said:
" DHARMATHIN VAZHVU THANNAI SOODHUI KAVVUM, DHARMAM MARUPADI JAIKKUM."
Devotion in strange places...
In Periya Puranam, we read about the many ways of showing devotion to the Lord. I remember hearing a speech where Sri Sri Mahaswami laughingly spoke about how the Lord has submitted Himself to many expression of devotion by His bhaktas...from being spat on (Kannapanayanar who carried water in his mouth for abhishekam) to physical hand fighting (Arjuna) ...His devotees are legion, their expressions are varied and He has loved them all. Even so, He must have been especially touched by one such expression of bhakti that I narrate below:
There was an interesting event in front of His Kapaliswarar temple recently. A volunteer was asking for donations, hundi in hand. The donations were to pay for the expenses of the Chennai Fast/Prayer meeting that is being held in support of the Acharyas on March 13. The volunteer was explaining about the programme when a lady with diamonds dazzling in her ears, nose and neck, clothed in a silk nine yards sari shooed off the volunteer stating that our Guru deserved His fate and asked the volunteers to stay away. The volunteer was hurt and angry but did not respond to her assault. Meanwhile a beggar who was watching the exchange and had heard the talk about the programme, came forward and put a two rupee coin in the hundi and said: "Ladies, sorry I cannot help you with more than this amount but you will succeed in your endeavour."
I wonder what the Lord in his sport thought of the actions of these three children of His...I wonder whether the Kanakadhara stotram was reverberating in the heavens and the beggar by that single act, erased all his accumulated sins...How strange that this drama should have been enacted in the direct presence of the Lord!
Thanks to Valmiki Raghunathan for his write-up "Sthithapragna".
The fine depiction of the resplendant Swamigal both Periava and Bala Periava is quite thrilling bringing before my mental vision these great seers. Three years back I had been to the Matam, stayed there and had darshan of both the Swamigals. The write-up has revived my memories. The term Sthithapragna is exemplified by both the Acharyals in letter and spirit giving us as befits a Guru, a demonstration coupled with Upadesam as to how our sadhana should be in the Samsara. It looks clear to me that for our sake our Acharyals are subjecting themselves to this type of Thapas. They are really Lord Siva and Lord Muruga in the human form. Valmiki is right cent percent that we all only need support, anugraham and grace of our revered His Holiness Acharyals. Pranams to Acharyals.
N M Sundaram
Before my February visit to India, and darshan of the Acharyas at Kalavai and Chennai, I was all fire and brimstone - angry at what had happened since 11/11, irritated that some of my friends and family members were afraid and willing to abdicate the foundations of their faith, concerned and worried about the Acharyas, and ready to lash out.
Like sprinkling cold water on a hot pressure cooker, the darshan of Periyavaa and Bala Periyavaa has had a calming effect. Both the Acharyas now dazzle - the mouna vritham and severe penance of the past 3 months have rendered them radiant. Seeing them smile, seeing them bless, seeing them completely devoid of any sense of anger, revenge, or even hurt, I have realized this - that the Periyavaa and Bala Periyavaa are both Sthithapragnas.
Lord Krishna, in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, tells us how to identify a Sthithapragna - "The yogi of stable mind gives up all cravings of the mind, withdrawn and satisfied in himself. He is not afraid of adversity, nor does he crave for happiness. He is the stabilized sage (sthithadhir muni), who is free from passion, fear and anger. Without friends or relations (anabhisneha), equal to auspicious and inauspicious events, he remains detached, unconcerned and absorbed in himself". (http://hinduwebsite.com).
I realize that it is us who are hurt, angry, revengeful and sad; not them. We need to go there to feel the support; they don't need us to go there to show support. We need to go there to see them for ourselves, not for them!! For, just seeing them and being in their presence gives us peace and a sense of well-being.
Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara.
Valmiki P. Raghunathan, Atlanta, GA, USA.
A few weeks back, Premkumar, Superintendent of Police 'probing' the Sankararaman murder case, crowed that it was fitting that several police officials who responded first to the murder case all have names associated with Varadaraja Perumal, and somehow wanted to inject some legitamacy into the witch-hunt he is leading. In today's online edition of The Hindu, I saw a news article on the trial in Jayalalitha's disproportionate assets (what an understatement to describe Rs. 66.65 crores in assets!! )case being scheduled for March 14th in Bangalore. Guess whom Karnataka has appointed as the prosecutor in these cases Senior Counsel ACHARYA !!
"Isn't it poetic justice that Acharya is prosecuting the case against Jayalalitha now? How fitting !!."
Valmiki P. Raghunathan
Atlanta, GA, USA.
I keep wondering about the condition of Sri. Sundaresha Iyer and Raghu (and any number of innocent people held). Their families need to be told that they have not been forgotten and keep their morale high. There are a number of us praying for their
It is quite surprising that even after five weeks of filing the charge sheet with the Kanchi Magistrate in the Shankararaman murder case, the charge sheets have not been served on the accused. As pointed out elsewhere in these columns, it does not take such delay to serve the charge sheet. In any case, not as long as five weeks, no matter how bulky the chargesheet may be. Besides, the government of Tamil Nadu has spent a fortune in equipping the SP's office with the latest in photocopying machines. This leads me to believe that the delay is wanton and deliberate. This is the inevitable conclusion one could draw from the information that have appeared in this and other columns.The motive behind delaying the serving of the chargesheet could be that the government of Tamil Nadu does not want the disposal of the case prematurely and at a politically inconvenient time.They know that the cases foisted on the mutt are trumped up and cannot stand legal tests. They will probably delay the court proceedings to the maximum extent so that uncertainity will continue to prevail until a more politically opportune time presents itself. Meanwhile, the senior, the junior seer and other mutt functionaries will continue to be harassed. It therefore seems advisable for the lawyers of the Mutt to seek to transfer this case outside Tamil Nadu, as justice will not be served by its continuing to be dealt with in Tamil Nadu.
Prayer song in weekly prayer meeting in Sydney
NENJAM PORUKKUDILLAYE KANCHI MUNIVANE - ENGAL
AADISANKARAR ADIVANDA AANMEEKA CHUDARE ARUTPUNALE -UN
ARUBATHU NAAL SIRAIVAASAM KAANA - NENJAM
BHOODEVIYIN VEDANAITHAAN SUNAAMI SOORAVALIYO
AYYANE! ENGAL PAAVANGALAI NEE SUMANDAAYO
MAANDARAI NALVAZHIl THIRUPPA UN LEELAI THAANO
NEE SIRAIYIL ENNENNA ALLALUTPATTAAYO
DEVAR SIRAI MEETTAVANAI THUTHIKINROM
AVAN MAAMAN MAADAVANI POTRUKINROM
SEETHAI SIRAI MEETTA ANUMANADI PANIKINROM
MRUTHYANJAYA MAA MANTHIRATHTHAI ODUKINROM
BHANDAMOCHANA STHUTHIYAI JAPIKKINROM
KAAMAKSHIDEVI KAZHALKALIL KENJUKINROM
AMMA NEE KAANCHI MATA KALANGATHTHAI NEEKKI
JAYAVIJAYENDRARKALAI MEETARULVAI - ENGAL GURU
- NM Sundaram
It is becoming more and more clear that the Tamil Nadu government and police are on a witch hunt in this whole case. Anyone who meets the Acharyas or writes articles against police action gets victimised. Even defense lawyers are not being spared. The prosecution is finding itself in a weak wicket with all the recent court observations and is trying to resort to intimidatory tactics by filing false cases against and issuing summons to supporters. Recent slapping of cases against columnist Gurumurthy, future plans to file cases againstthe Acharya's lawyers by citing some threats to Ravi Subramaniam, summons for questioning Cho, New Indian Express editor etc. are enough proof of the desperation of Tamil Nadu government and its police.
"Vinasa Kale Vibaritha Buddi"
No words can adequately describe the service rendered by Kanchi-Sathya.org. There are millions of individuals like me crying
silently at the heart and doing the minuscule part of propagating the details and updates of HHs false implication and arrests via email and petitions.
I have two important points to score here:
1. In the short-run, I am requesting all my family members and friends to wear a saffron & black ribbon badge every day with words protesting the arrest. May be if every Indian diaspora here could do the same, the awareness amongst the common public in India.
2. On the long run, the only way I believe to counter these idiocy not happening is in the hands of youngsters. Responsible youngsters should not shy away from politics. I feel ashamed of shying away from my responsibilities to my country. I am willing to support and encourage willing and responsible youngsters. I am willing to wait, even if it takes years before something realistic could happen.
Washington DC, USA
From California, U.S.A., it seems to us that the Tamilnadu Government and its judiciary and police force have stooped to a new low in governance. With the treatment meted out to the two Kanchi Seers on Thursday, February 10, 2005, they have shown what total disregard and contempt they have for decency and decorum in conducting the affairs of state, affecting citizens.
The Senior Kanchi Seer, the Junior Kanchi Seer and the rest of the accused in the foisted Sankarraman Murder case were summoned to the court only to be told that they have to come back another day. For this abrupt dismissal, all the accused had to travel several hours to come to the venue. The explanation given was that the officials have not had time to copy the charge sheets! Why were the accused not informed of this fact ahead of time? The Senior Kanchi Seer, who is old and is a diabetic, could have been spared the arduous trip and the interruption of his daily pooja routines. But courtesy and fairness seem to be alien notions to this uncaring bureaucracy. It is evident to all observers that there is no limit to the malfeasance, vindictiveness, and harassing tactics of the Tamil Nadu Government machinery.
On the same day, the Junior Kanchi Seer was told that, along with other restrictions, he has to report to a police station every Sunday, as one of the conditions for granting bail. Why did the judge lay down such a humiliating condition to a respected Sanyasi? Is he afraid that the Swamigal is going to flee the country? We do not think so. The judge had to do this so that he could please his bosses and keep his job. There is no other rational explanation to this sordid drama.
Looking at these events from this far away location, the infliction of such humiliation and display of such hubris by the Tamilnadu Government and the total lack of concern and sense of justice shown by the Government of India to these human rights abuses strike us as unparalleled happenings in the annals of any modern democratic societies. If this is the way esteemed religious leaders, who have served the people nobly and selflessly, are treated, what could we say about the plight of ordinary citizens in this land?
Statements to the effect that India is the largest democracy and that it will soon be a world power are bandied about all the time. In our view, this is sheer nonsense that the masses are fed to keep them contented and to enable the politicians to stay in power indefinitely. The real truth is that India is turning out to be an organized anarchy disguised in the cloak of democracy, with scant regard to human rights and to the wellbeing of its citizens. The day may not too far when India may be branded as a rogue state by other governments and international agencies concerned with human rights. What a pity that the land of Gandhi and Nehru has become a haven for a corrupt, amoral, and criminalized police force lorded by unprincipled and unscrupulous politicians.
Ramachandran S. Ranganathan
FORMAL COMPLAINT BY THE HINDU CONFERENCE OF CANADA TO THE EDITOR OF OUTLOOK MAGAZINE
On behalf of the members and supporters of the Hindu Conference of Canada, I am writing to lodge a formal complaint against your magazine’s distasteful and irresponsible coverage of the seer’s arrest. The columns written by Mr. S. Anand, which were featured in your magazines November, December and January issues, were filled with uncorroborated statements and outrageous claims. Mr. Anand’s rhetoric can verily be construed as hate propaganda aimed at inciting and fomenting hatred against Hindu minorities in Tamil Nadu for the following reasons:
Your decision to publish Mr. Anand’s hateful rants clearly demonstrates a lack of editorial discretion, professionalism, and journalistic ethics. In fact, it is quite reasonable to go a step further and conclude that, by allowing Mr. Anand to use your magazine as a tool to spread his hateful propaganda, you have leant support to the ideology of intolerance and vengeance propounded by Mr. Anand and his ilk.
We hope your magazine’s senior management will give due consideration to the issues raised above and exercise meaningful editorial discretion in the future; otherwise, you leave us with no alternative but to pursue Economic and Legal sanctions against your on-line journal, which is available to the Canadian public via the internet.
(A hard copy of the letter will follow shortly.)
Director, Hindu Conference of Canada
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